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Examine the observations made by Roma Gill of the oxford university press While editing the dialogue Miranda in “The Tempest” at lines 351 to 361.Roma Gill feels that “The hatred and revulsion expressed in this speech shows an unexpected side to the hitherto placid and docile Miranda---and many editors of the eighteenth and nineteenth century re-assigned the words to prospero”.
First let us examine the meaning of the word placid. Refer Para 826 of Roget’s and the meaning is in excitable i.e. not to show irritation. It is very reasonable for our girls not to show irritation at their loving parents but would it be fair on your part to expect your sister or daughter not to show irritation while dealing with a man who had tried to rape her or outrage her modesty, regardless how broad minded you be?
Now let us examine the meaning of the word docile. Refer Para 602 and the meaning is willingness and at Para 539 the meaning is learning and at Para 370 the meaning is tamed. It is reasonable for one to willingly accept when a father demands something because generally fathers are not seen to rape their daughters but will it be reasonable to advise one to willingly accept when one attempts to rape her? There is a scope for the girls to learn from their fathers a few useful things but what useful things Roma Gill expects this girl to learn from the man who attempted to rape her? It is reasonable to stay tame under a father but will it be reasonable to ask the girl to be tame while dealing with the man who attempts to rape her?
In the management sciences we find a term “zone of acceptance” some people have a very broad zone of acceptance but we cannot expect Shakespeare to have such broad mindedness to make his characters to be placid and docile to the rapists
According to W Turner “If I should marry him, I should be as if married to twenty husbands.” Does this translation make any meaning to you? See the Notes Section of W Turner, he deals only with one word “Throttle” and discusses nothing about all the grandiloquent words used by the great Shakespeare in this dialogue.
I am hopelessly confused to understand as to how marrying this French lord would amount to the ordeal of having been married to twenty husbands. Is this an exaggerated reference to the virility of this French lord or is Portia scared that this French lord would ultimately turn out to be a pimping tout and would consign her to some French Brothel?
Refer Roget’s Para 694 and I would suggest you to pick up the meaning option as twenty managers or administrators for the word twenty husbands. A woman apart from the prospects of progeny and procreation looks for a good administrator in her suitors and going by the jittery nature she perceives in respect of this French lord she doubts his administrative potentiality.
However you be the better judge.
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Rape, Violence, Crime, Behavior, Violence against women, Sex crimes, Sexual abuse, Laws regarding rape, Raptio, The Tempest, Miranda, Romani people
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