Act 5 Scene 4

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  • Act 5 Scene 4
    • Spoken Language Features
      • Address Terms
        • Lady Wishfort uses affectionate terms of address for Mrs Marwood. This highlights her ignorance to her "friend"'s scemes.
          • "O my dear friend"
          • "Dear Marwood"
        • Marwood uses formal terms of address for  Wishfort, possibly due to social standing and Marwood is not really Wishfort's friend.
          • "Madam"
        • Marwood and Mrs Fainall use formal TOA for each other to show tension
          • "I am sorry to see you so passionate, madam"
      • Register
        • Wishfort uses a more informal register in this scene. This may be because of distress
          • Uses "you" as opposed to "thou"
        • When Mrs F enters, Wishfort uses a more formal register. May be to express horror that her daughter succeeded where she failed, ie chasing Mirabell
          • "Is it possible thou shouldst be my child?"
      • Discourse markers
        • Marwood uses this to change  subject from Wishfort's retirement plan. This may be for comedic effect as Wishfort's plan is ridiculous
          • "Let us first dispatch the affair in hand"
      • Length of turn
        • Mrs F and Mrs M both take quite short turns. Tension
          • "I don't understand your ladyship."
      • Oaths and Swearing
        • Mrs Fainall uses an oath to express honesty, also works as an intensifier
          • "false as hell"
    • Rhetorical Devices
      • Repetition
        • Lady Wishfort uses repetition to emphasise her gratitude towards Marwood. This emphasis creates dramatic irony
          • "To you I owe the timely discovery of the false vows of Mirabell; to you I owe the detector of the impostor Sir Rowland
      • Rhetorical Questions
        • Wishfort uses these to express her confusion and shock
          • "...and yet transgress the most minute particle of severe virtue?"
    • Linguistic/ Grammatical Devices
      • Lexical Fields
        • Lady Wishfort talks about Mirabell using the lexical field of deception, which is ironic as she does it to praise Marwood
          • "discovery", "false vows," "detection", "impostor"
    • Form/ Genre
      • Comedy of Manners
        • Lady Wishfort fits into the stock character of the scorned woman because her use of hyperbole shows her rage
          • "I have not only been a mould but a pattern for you, and a model for you, after you were brought into the world."
      • Mockery of Materialism
        • Lady Wishfort is upset that she will have to sell things, and she is a character the audience is meant to laugh at. Posessive pronouns
          • "I must pawn my plate and my jewels"

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