3.11.08 Final Draft of Essay II

3.11.08 Final Draft of Essay II - Willis Thai EN2114 Essay...

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Willis Thai EN2114 Essay II – An Act of Betrayal 3/10/08 “Eurydice” by Hilda Doolittle “Overheard – 1. Logan Airport Boston” by Marie Ponsot In both poems there is an act of betrayal and the speaker is the victim of the betrayal. However, the difference is that in “Eurydice” the betrayal, according to Eurydice, is caused by arrogance on Orpheus’ behalf and in “Overheard” the betrayal is caused by lies. In the poem “Eurydice”, Eurydice places complete blame on Orpheus for sending her back into the underworld, which is an act of betrayal on his part. She says “for your arrogance and your ruthlessness I am swept back” and in the first stanza repeats the idea that it was Orpheus’ arrogance that swept her back. In the second stanza, she talks about his impatience by asking “why did you hesitate for that moment”. She also repeatedly asks why he turned back and looked at her and what was on her face that made him turn around. A total of eight questions were asked in that stanza alone. Although the poem talks about betrayal, Eurydice doesn’t always talk about Orpheus. At
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course EN 2114 taught by Professor Gallagher during the Spring '07 term at NYU Poly.

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