Study Guide

Deirdre

  • Profile

    Deirdre's not the happiest camper. She was fated to cause tragedy from birth—she was so beautiful that she started a war between her betrothed, the king, and the man she loved. Never a good idea—someone always dies. This Juliet character can be found morosely picking flowers or watching old romantic comedies and crying into her hankie.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Deirdre

    Nickname

    Dee, Dee-Dee, Deirdre of the Sorrows, Cheer Up, Already!

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Not Emain Macha with Conchobar mac Nessa

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Femme fatale

    Education

    Watching Ancient Ireland's Next Top Model

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-women's rights

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    My dad is the bard Fedlimid; I didn't know my mom well.

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    None

    Friends

    Naoise and his brothers, Cathbad the Druid

    Enemies

    Conchobar mac Nessa

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single after Naoise was killed

    Interested in

    Men with black hair, pale skin, and really red lips

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    New Girl
    Hated CeCe's arranged "marriage" to Shivrang.
    The Vampire
    Diaries
    True Blood

    Alcide is my exact type.
    The Mindy Project

    Quotations

    "And although it's always crowded,
    You still can find some room.
    Where broken hearted lovers
    Do cry away their gloom."
    -Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel"

    "Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do."
    -Nancy Reagan

    "Running away will never make you free."
    -Kenny Loggins

    "I don't let anyone's insecurities, emotions, or opinions bother me. I know that if I am happy, that's all that matters to me."
    -Demi Lovato

    Books

    William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
    Sophocles - Antigone
    Oh, doomed love... not that I know anything about that.
    Euripides - Medea
    F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
    I always wanted to go to one of Gatsby's soirees.
    Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
    John Steinbeck - The Red Pony
    I had a pony once... but Conchobar took it away.
    William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
    Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
    Oh, Mr. Darcy.
    Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Richard Adams - Watership Down

    Music

    Destiny's Child - "Independent Women"
    I pumped this song as I left Ireland with Naoise.
    Gloria Gaynor - "I Will Survive"
    Cyndi Lauper - "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
    Beyoncé - "If I Were a Boy"
    Tina Turner - "What's Love Got to Do With It"
    When it comes to arranged marriages...nothing!
    Kanye West - "Monster"
    Conchobar mac Nessa is a monster, through and through.
    Aretha Franklin - "Respect"
    The Bee Gees - "Stayin' Alive"

    Movies

    Runaway Bride
    Great movie!
    Arranged
    Love, Wedding, Marriage

    You've Got Mail

    Best film ever. So cheesy and romantic.
    What Women Want

    Leap Year

    Fabulous Irish rom-com.
    27 Dresses

    Clueless

    Cher is my favorite character here. So classy.

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Men with black hair, red lips, and pale skin
    Men that aren't my betrothed, Conchobar
    Bards
    Irish wrestling competitions
    Soap operas

    Interests

    Feminism
    Gender equality
    Erotology
    Women's studies
    Mantology (study of divination)

    Groups

    Damsel in distress
    Forbidden love is the sweetest love…
    Tragic Heroines Galore,
    Once in love!! You are doomed

  • Spotter's Guide

    Deirdre is a lovely lady, but she's usually weeping in a corner, not out flirting with guys. Her mascara's often smudged and her eyes are runny. Still, she'll twirl a lock of hair to get attention...if she's not off arguing with Conchobar mac Nessa or dancing with Naoise. No crown is in line for her—she wants true love!

    Sex: Female
    Age: Twenties
    Build: Slender
    Complexion: Rosy
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Facial Hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: None
    Clothing: Gowns
    Armor: None—her heart is open
    Type of Weapon: Her beauty

    Typical Companions:

    Naoise
    Naoise's brothers
    Leabharcham

    Known Hangouts:

    Scotland
    My foster parents' house
    All over Ireland, running from Conchobar mac Nessa
    The stables
    Sigma Delta Sorority for Women

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    "The Exile of the Sons of Uisnach" in The Book of Leinster

    This is one story without a happy ending—from my birth to my death! Naoise and I fall in love, but I curse him to be a joke if he doesn't take me out of Ireland. So, he, his brothers, and I all flee to Scotland, but Conchobar brings us back and kills them. Then, I took my own life, unable to live without my love.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    "The Death of the Sons of Usnach"

    Read my entire lonely lament after Naoise's death here. My dramatic death is uber-sad—I jump on Naoise's body and kiss him thrice, then I die. Very Shakespearean before Shakespeare's own time!

    Dec 20, 2019

    Deirdre by W.B. Yeats

    This great Irish poet turned Dee's story into a play worthy of his Celtic bard ancestors. William Butler (W.B.) Yeats does Deirdre justice, portraying the majesty and tragedy of a young life gone wrong on the stage. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that there's a love story at its heart, either.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Wild Irish Roses: Tales of Brigits, Kathleens, and Warrior Queens by Trina Robbins

    Learn all about the bold Irish women of yore, from love stories to battling queens. Alongside Deirdre are featured the likes of pirate Grace O'Malley, actress Scarlett O'Hara, and warrior woman Aoife. Not bad company!

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson

    Watson brings ancient Ireland to life in Deirdre's story. Why swans, though, Deirdre wants to know? They're actually vicious birds... well, whatever the reason for the book's title, Watson does this tragic heroine a good turn.