The role of Diaphanta in 'The Changeling'
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The chief function of Diaphanta in the play is to act as an example of a woman who becomes aware of the attractions of lust (in contrast to Beatrice), but is overwhelmed by it (in contrast to Isabella). There is thus a well-defined, separate role for each woman in the play, and together they offer a comprehensive picture of female psychology and conduct as the authors choose to present it on this occasion.
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Daalder, J., 1991. The role of Diaphanta in 'The Changeling'. AUMLA, 76(1), 13-21.