Think carefully about the ideas of character, conflict, and close reading in Tis Pity She’s a Whore. The meaning of the first two terms should be obvious. Close reading refers to a type of analysis; it is a descriptive account of a text that highlights a few of its special concrete details or characteristics and uses them to make an interpretive argument about the text’s meaning. It means paying close attention (quoting, citing, and analyzing) to details of a text – specific words and how they are used, images, figurative language like metaphors, the structure and tone of how a character speaks (not just what they say, but how they say it), actors’ movements and things on stage, etc. I have chosen the conversation between Annabella and Soranzo (with Giovanni watching and commenting on it) in Act 3, scene 2 Analyze the dialogue between these characters (the conflict may not be obvious, you need to interpret using close reading). Some possible questions to get you thinking (these do not have to be answered directly): How has Ford built a tragic conflict here? How are the characters and the conflict represented (particular words, images, form, movement on stage, etc)? Do the terms of the conflict seem to change as the dialogue progresses, and how so? You should be quoting and analyzing here. Make a claim (an argument) about the importance of this conflict in the play, i.e. draw some conclusions based on your close reading evidence. In your interpretation, why is this conflict of key importance to understanding something about Ford’s tragedy?
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