Dark Lady (character)
The Dark Lady is a stock character in fiction. Her darkness is either literal, meaning that she has dark skin, or metaphorical in that she is a tragic, doomed figure. The two may go together, with one being an allegory for the other. The Dark Lady is not usually seen to be married to a Dark Lord.
William Shakespeare wrote of a Dark Lady in his sonnets. The woman is described as having dark hair, dark skin, and a dark nature. There has been much speculation as to her true identity. He also created several, doomed dark ladies as characters in his plays such as Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth.
In American media
In American media, she is often portrayed as Latina.
- A.L.I.E. from The 100 TV series
- Evanora and Theodora from Oz the Great and Powerful
- Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
- Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (1959) and Kingdom Hearts
- Princess Mombi from Return to Oz
- White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia
- Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Hudson Shakespeare Company, Dark Lady Sonnets
- PBS, In Search of Shakespeare: Emilia Lanier (the Dark Lady?), series originally broadcast February 4th - 25th, 2004
- Ludwig Jekels, "The Riddle of Shakespeare's Macbeth", The Psychoanalytic Review, 30: 361–385
- Clara E. Rodriguez (1997), Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media, Boulder, Colo. ;Cumnor Hill, Oxford: Westview Pr., ISBN 0-8133-2766-0