Granby Close Reading Marriage Reviewed

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Claire Tu Richstad English 88M 23 April 2010 Granby Close Reading – Misinterpretation of Love and Marriage In Thomas Henry Lister’s Granby , the narrator discusses how the characters feel obligated to get married through Courtenay’s thoughts. Within the passage, Lister emphasizes how marriage can easily become an economic barter system between love and gratitude. After saving Caroline from drowning, Courtenay falls into a state of confusion. Initially, he is “transported with pleasure, at having been the happy instrument of saving from such imminent peril one whom he so truly loved” (183). Courtenay’s happiness is described as having been the “happy instrument,” which reinforces Courtenay’s love for Caroline; he loves her so much he is even happy to give a woman control over him. Courtenay thinks that his “bold and successful assistance” would “afford” him Caroline’s affection, meaning Caroline should owe Courtenay her affection as a result of him saving her. Lister 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. Although the term “afford” may not literally state that Courtenay is
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