10B Final Study Guide

10B Final Study Guide - 10BFinalStudying Rochester o o o...

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10B Final Studying Rochester o Often obscene, intellectually daring, satire and wit. o Wit: not only a clever turn of phrase but also mental capacity or intellectual power o “Disillusioned bad boy” in the court of Charles II A Satire Against Reason and Mankind o Speculation, self-interruption, disruption,  enjambment o Rejection of reason to embrace “right reason”  of instinct,   “natural man”. Comic appreciation of  the weakness of reason. o Animals are better equipped to lead successful lives than human beings o “Were I (who to my cost already am one of those strange prodigious creatures, man)…or anything but  that vain animal who is so proud of being rational”.  o Personification of wisdom, leading man into “doubt’s boundless sea”. “His wisdom did his happiness  destroy”.  o Wit compared to whores. Doubt to venereal disease. o Preacher speaking in defense of reason, “abhorring” wit.  o “Our sphere of action is life’s happiness, and he who thinks beyond, thinks like an ass”. o Human, man in society undoing man, lust for power, hypocrisy, corruption of court. o Paradox  (thereophilic) of animals being greater than men. The Imperfect Enjoyment o Characters: Corinna and the male narrator o Use of  alliteration  to over-dramatize. “love’s lesser lightning”, “balmy brinks of bliss”, etc. o Casesura: “That it through every cunt reached every heat—” o “Must we not pay a debt to pleasure too?” o Personification  of penis “thou treacherous, base deserter of my flame, false to my passion, fatal to  my fame”. “But when great Love the onset does command, base recreant to thy prince, thou dar’st  not stand”  Aphra Behn o Writing professionally, for money o Takes on controversial subjects o Tory, likely Catholic supporter The Disappointment o Characters: Cloris and Lysander, third-person narrator o “Or take this life, whose chiefest part I gave you with the conquest of my heart”  
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o “By swift degrees advancing—where his daring hand that altar seized, where gods do sacrifice: that  awful throne, that paradise” o Epicurean treatment of love, love as a disease, characterized by dissatisfaction. Cynical amusement  at lovers’ foibles combined with explicit description of sexual behavior o Difference in perspective from “Imperfect Enjoyment”, inverts male and female roles. o Inflation/deflation in both form and content. Oroonoko
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