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Unformatted text preview: Lister’s uses diction throughout the passage that pertains to money and deeds in order to suggest that debt and obligation can often be a misconstrued reason for marriage. For example, he uses the term “afford” when describing Caroline’s affection, implying that Courtenay is “purchasing” a wife for marriage. Furthermore, Courtney would “willingly owe the possession of her hand.” The use of the word “owe” further illustrates Lister’s point that marriage is something that can be bought because of debt and the obligation to repay the debt. Courtenay’s mentality of bartering for marriage clearly shows his lack of understanding of love; thus, he does not really love Caroline but is infatuated with her. Although Courtenay mentions his deep love for Caroline many times, this passage seems to support Courtenay’s misunderstanding of love, thus leaving him in this state of confusion....
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2012 for the course ENGLISH 88M taught by Professor Richstad during the Spring '10 term at UCLA.
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