The Apparition

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    • an apparition is a ghostlike image of a person
    • When by thy scorn, O murd'ress, I am dead
      • use of personal pronoun desperate grab for power
      • caesura dramatic emphasis
    • And that thou think's thee free/ From all solicitation from me,/ Then shall my ghost come to thy bed,
      • he's clearly been refused quite a few times...
      • lots of anger, and accusations he is predicting how she will feel
      • she will never be free from he
    • And thee, feigned vestal, in worse arms shall see;
      • she's a liar - he wants to catch her hypocrisy
      • vestal virgins serve godess vesta : they cultivated a scared fire that was not allowed to go out.
      • feigned is a pun on wanting to be and pretending to be a virgin.
    • Then thy sick taper will begin to wink,/And he, whose thou art then, being tired before,/ Will, if thou stir, or pinch to wake him, think/ Thou call's for more
      • reflecting his own feelings of sexually inferiority and cuckolding
      • sick taper - reference to candle dying - ghosts are around
      • split lines - arguably reflect his anger and bitterness. slow and difficult
      • no one will believe she is being haunted - her sexual deviancy makes her untrustworthy
    • And in false sleep will from thee shrink
      • mimicking the candle - all bodies recede all light vanishing
    • And then poor aspen wretch, neglected thou/ bathed in a cold quicksilver sweat will lie/ A verier ghost than I
      • mercury treatment for syphilus
      • aspen is a quaking tree - used as a noun/adjective in 16th century
      • she is worse of than him a combination of being haunted and being a immoral person
      • he's watching over her like a God preparing for judgement day
    • What I will say, I will not tell thee now,/ Lest that preserve thee;'
      • carefully considered pause - makes him appear almost logical
      • i want to cause you lots of pain
    • and since my love is spent,/ I'd rather thou should'st painfully repent,/ Than by my threat'nings remain innocent.
      • i don't love you anyway - ironic - preservation of pride. reverse psychology
      • wants her to do bad stuff
      • end on a tripley again makes appear logical
      • ironic religious language
    • critics
      • Laurence Perrine: "has been misread by generations of interpreters as an expression of hate and revulsion"
      • Gail Gaskill: 'a literal corporeal resurrection is the most difficult Christian mystery to believe'

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