An ideological approach to Wolf Hall: an analysis of society and characters concerning gender and class

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This thesis explores Althusser’s notion of ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses in the serialisation Wolf Hall by Peter Kosminsky. It analyses society along the lines of ideology, Ideological State Apparatuses, but also Karl Marx’s Repressive State Apparatuses. This thesis will try to answer how ideology is represented in Wolf Hall in relation to society and individual male and female gender roles and class. Within this Tudor society this thesis sets out to analyse the individual characters of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour in order to see how they are influenced by the societal structures. The societal structures will then also be linked to class and gender aspects. Chapter one will provide a theoretical framework explaining Althusser’s key terms and concepts, along with Marxist theory about dominant classes. The second chapter provides an analysis of the Tudor society. The third chapter will focus on the individual characters within this society and their concerns with class and gender.
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