Act 1 Scene 9

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  • Act 1 Scene 9
    • Context
      • Religious Context
        • A joke is made at the expense of the Puritans
          • "loves cater-wauling better than a conventicle" (religious dissenter)
        • Witwoud makes a religious joke at the expense of Lady Wishfort, who later turns out to be a Puritan
          • "You know [Wishfort] hates Mirabell like a quaker hates a parrot"
    • Linguistic/ Grammatical devices
      • Sentence functions
        • Mirabell repeats Petulant's name for a word he can't remember, using an exclamative to mock him
          • "What-d'ee-call-'ems!"
      • Terms of Address
        • Mirabell uses names of other characters to draw them into  conversation and continue mocking Petulant
          • "What are they, Witwoud?"
      • Idiolect
        • Witwoud has a feminine idiolect due to his use of terms of endearment, so he fits the stock character of a fop
          • "Empresses, my dear."
      • Lexical Feilds
        • Mirabell uses contrasting lexis to express his disdain for Witwoud and Petulant
          • "ladies" and "countenanc-e" vs "senseless" and "roar"
    • Theoretical Concepts
    • Literary Devices
      • Sound patterning
        • Mirabell uses a set of plosives. May show anger-- Fainall just reminded him that Petulant flirts with Millamant
          • "Your impudent pretensions"
    • Spoken Language Features
      • Oaths and swearing
        • Petulant uses a blasphemic expression to intensify his irritation at being called on
          • "'Sbud"
      • Non-fluency features
        • Petulant stutters when trying to think of a word, showing how he is not as eloquent as Mirabell
          • "your--a--a--your what-d'ee-call-'ems"
      • Register
        • After he's reminded about Petulant flirting with Millamant, Mirabell's register is more formal. May express anger and jealousy
          • "Meaning mine, sir?"
          • "Thou art an honest fellow, Petulant."
          • "Hast not thou then sense enough to know that thou ought'st to be most ashamed of thyself when thou hast put another out of countenanc-e?"
        • Mirabell's shift in register after Millamant is mentioned could be to intimidate Petulant, who is not as intelligent
          • "Come, thou art an honest fellow, Petulant, and shalt make love to my mistress, thou shalt."
    • Rhetorical Devices
      • Repetition
        • Petulant uses repetition to express his "irritation"
          • "Well, well, I come"
          • "I won't come. D'ye hear, tell 'em I won't come"
        • Witwoud uses repetition to sound dismissive
          • "Pshaw, pshaw."
    • Form/Genre
      • Sexually explicit
        • Petulant uses vulgar, sexual humour, which is typical of the Restoration genre
          • "A man had as good be a professed midwife as a professed whoremaster"
    • Structure
      • Fainall mocks Petulant by saying he is cruel, but this scene is after the audience find out Petulant calls on himself, so it would be funny
        • "You are very cruel, Petulant"
      • Scene is immediately after Witwoud reveals Petulant's secret. Petulant still tries to fit into rake stock character. Dramatic irony for humour
    • Themes


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