The current study evaluated the role of emotional intelligence and Machiavellianism in two of William Shakespeare’s tragedies: Othello and King Lear. The general organization of Shakespeare’s tragedies and character development were of particular interest, as the author hypothesized that the presence of emotional intelligence and Machiavellianism in antagonists and protagonists may have a significant effect on the plots of the relevant plays. The current study concluded that the antagonists may be deemed more successful in these Shakespearean tragedies due to the cooperation of two key factors: Machiavellian personalities and higher levels of emotional intelligence than their protagonist counterparts. Potential implications of the results are discussed.
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Dr. Jerry K. Palmer
Dept. of Psychology
Open Access Thesis
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Cundiff, Justice M., "Shakespeare and Psychology: Emotional Intelligence and Machiavellianism in King Lear and Othello" (2017). Honors Theses. 498.