The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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1. 'stagnate', 'corrupt', 'poison', 'friendless solitude', 'groaning', 'tears', 'uncomfortable', 'dismal twilight', 'savage' and, 'dungeon' form a semantic field that is best described as what?

  • All of these.
  • The effects of an absence of nature.
  • Negative.
  • Macabre cinematic imagery.
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2. 'Till he relent, and can no more endure To be a jarring and dissonant thing ... His angry spirit healed and harmonised By the benignant touch of love and beauty.' Is Coleridge's summation that nature should be used in the rehabilitation of prisoners.

  • False, Coleridge believed that religion was the best way to rehabilitate prisoners.
  • True. Although the Romantic movement did also advocate religion as a tool for rehabilitating prisoners.
  • False, Coleridge didn't believe in rehabilitation.
  • False, it simply supports the romantic belief that nature posses restorative powers, Coleridge did't believe in its use to rehabilitate prisoners.

3. What quote would support the Romantic belief that regardless of a person's actions, they are entitled to a certain level of basic human kindness. This quote also expresses a concern for the punishment than an individual would undergo for their crimes

  • '... most innocent, perhaps'
  • 'and what if guilty?'
  • 'Is this the only cure? Merciful God?'
  • 'Loathsome plague-spot;'

4. Which of these is my favourite quote? HINT: it's awesome!

  • 'Thy melodies of woods, and winds, and waters'
  • 'So he lies, Circled with evil, till his very soul unmoulds its essence, hopelessly deformed, by sights of ever more deformity!'
  • 'His angry spirit healed and harmonised by the benignant touch of love and beauty.'
  • 'His energies roll back upon his heart.

5. 'Is this the only cure?' references what aspect of 1700's society?

  • The belief that nature has healing properties.
  • The focus on punishment rather than rehabilitation within the Penal System.
  • The death penalty as a form of punishment for crimes; the Bloody Code.
  • The conditions and medical issues caused by the standard of prisons.


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