The article is devoted to the study of the dramaturgy of Lesya Ukrainka, in particular the dramatic works “Obsessed”, “Cassandra”, “Forest Song”. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of the image system, based on which the features of the artistic representation of baroque features in the interpretive models of such images as Miriam (“Obsessed”), Cassandra (“Cassandra”), Mavka (“Forest Song”). It is proved that one of the leading baroque worldview characteristics is the synthesis of medieval theocentrism with biblical dominance and renaissance anthropocentrism with humanism and the idea of freedom of will and choice. In dramatic works Lesya Ukrainka portrays strong personalities who, guided by biblical truths and faith in God, decide their own destiny according to their own beliefs. The author emphasizes that everyone has the right to their feelings and emotions, endowed with freedom of will and choice, which can be traced in the interpretive models of images. It is important to appeal to the humanistic idea of accepting people, the desire to understand their actions and feelings. A common feature of the images in Lesya Ukrainka’s dramaturgy is the freedom, in particular the will and choice, which the heroes are endowed with or which they aspire to. In the dramatic work “Obsessed”, based on the biblical plot, Lesya Ukrainka develops the image of Miriam, combining anthropocentric and theocentric characteristics. The image of the main character represents the humanistic idea of freedom, because she fights with the community and as a result makes its own choice. The idea of freedom of will and choice is represented in the image of Mavka (“Forest Song”), in whose worldview the will is understood as a natural right of the individual. In addition, symbolism as a characteristic of Baroque literature is clearly expressed in Lesya Ukrainka’s artistic conception. Analysis of the dramatic work “Cassandra” represents a symbolic interpretation of the image of the protagonist.
Key words: baroque worldview, theocentrism, anthropocentrism, humanism, freedom of will and choice, symbolism, Lesya Ukrainka, dramaturgy.