Act 2 Scene 1

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  • Act 2 Scene 1
    • Contextual factors
      • Marwood's hatred of men could be a reaction to having no power while men control everything
    • Linguistic/ Grammatical Devices
      • Parenthesis
        • Mrs Fainall's use of parenthesis is possibly an aside to a the audience, which they may have found humourous
          • "(we ought to think at least)"
      • Pronouns
        • Contrast in Marwood's use of first and collective first person pronouns may  separate herself from women who are still interested in men
          • "I have no taste of those insipid dry discourses with which our sex of force must entertain themselves.."
      • Sentence functions
        • Mrs Fainall uses a one-word declarative in order to express strong denial
          • "Never!"
        • When Marwood  describes how she would make a man think he is a cuckold, uses declaratives while F uses interrogatives so M is dominant-witholding information
          • F:"You would not make him a cuckold?" M: "No; but I'd make him believe I did, and that's as bad"
        • Mrs F uses interrogatives in order to provoke Marwood
          • "But what reason have you to hate him in particular?"
      • Lexis
        • Marwood uses "rack", comparing being cuckolded to torture. Plays on a fear of men at the time
          • "I would have him ever to continue upon the rack of fear and jealousy
    • Theoretical Concepts
      • Labov
        • This could possibly be applied to a set of Marwood's utterances as she is trying to build tension, similar to oral storytelling
          • "And yet I am thinking sometimes to carry my aversion further...... but I would have him ever to continue upon the rack of fear and jealousy"
      • Grice's Maxims
        • Question the quality of one of Fainall's statements because she had an affair with Mirabell in the past and is pretending to hate him
          • M: "Because I hate him" F:"So do I"
    • Literary Devices
      • Simile/ metaphor/ personificati-on
        • Mrs Marwood uses an oxymoron when describing love. Shows her opinion about love
          • "lawful tyrant"
        • Marwood personifies love to compare it to an emperor. She also personifies love as male, whereas it may often be thought of as feminine
          • "Love will resume his empire in our breasts"
      • Mrs Marwood uses irony because she is sleeping with Mrs Fainall's husband. Shows her deceitful nature
        • "You see my friendship by my freedom"
    • Spoken Language Features
      • Length of turn
        • The interlocutors move from long utterances to one-line statements
      • Elision
        • Marwood possibly uses elision to show her distaste for men
          • "I have done hating 'em"
      • Discourse markers
        • Mrs Fainall uses one to change the subject so Marwood can't embarrass her
          • "My husband. Don't you see him?"
    • Rhetorical Devices
      • Repetition
        • Mrs Fainall's repetition of "ay, ay" shows agreement
          • "Ay, ay, dear Marwood."
      • Triple structures
        • Mrs Fainall uses a triple structure to illustrate what happens when a man stops loving a woman. May express anger
          • "They loathe, they look upon us with horror and distaste, they meet us like the ghosts of what we were"
        • Marwood's use of a triplet emphasises her hatred of men
          • "I have done hating 'em, and am now come to despise 'em, the next thing I have to do is eternally to forget 'em"
      • Exaggeration
        • Marwood uses hyperbole to describe how she hates the thought of  marrying.The  audience would probably find this funny
          • "The violence of undergoing the ceremony"
    • Themes
      • Deceit
        • Marwood and Fainall are constantly lying to each other about hating Mirabell

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