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Macbeth Double Entendre

The story of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a classic one of betrayal and destiny. One of the major themes of the play is the use of equivocation to create ambiguity. The definition of equivocation from the Oxford dictionary is: the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself; prevarication. The very definition of equivocation contains the use of ambiguity, thus making the two very connected in terms of the story of the play. Equivocation is used multiple times...

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To What Extent Does The Homosexual Subtext Add To The Comedic Value In The Importance Of Being Earnest

another layer of meaning to the comedy. The title of the play is a double entendre, as the pun depends on the adjective ‘Earnest’ meaning sincere and honest, as well as the name ‘Earnest’. However, as the word ‘earnest’ was also gay code for homosexual, Wilde converts it from a double entendre to a triple one. Decoding the play along these lines thus opens up delicious new comic meanings, as one begins to spot and search for double entendres throughout the play. From the butler’s sly admission that ‘there...

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Olive Senior Essay

spoken to. A double entendre appears in the first line, “there’s this much space between me and discovery” this pun makes the reader aware that the traveller has no space around him and that he will soon be discovered. This pun brings to light the terrifying condition aboard the ship and the uncertainty of the travel time. The repetition of “I” creates a distinctive voice and adds an element of performativity to the poem. “One day light will enter this grave” is another double entendre conveying the...

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stamp, here o’er and o’er one falls. Pun – a play on words that sound the same but that have different meanings. ass = donkey and = Bottom = his name and = Double Entendre -- A word or phrase having a double meaning, especially when the second meaning is risqué. (“entendre” is a French word meaning “to hear”; with double-entendre, you can “hear a word twice,” with two different meanings) Read and consider the following, from http://www.artemis-film-guides.com/Sione's%20Wedding%20sample%20page...

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In Home of Mercy How Does Harwood Highlight the Repression of Females Within Society?

“plaster saints” is used by Harwood in a well thought out way as it first gives the reader the impression of the girls look at these plaster sculptures of saints that surround them as they pray, however the expression “plaster saints” also has a double entendre of a person without moral fault in a hypocritical way, which is what we see the nuns to be. Other religious imagery used is of the angels that “wrestle [the girls] with brutish vigor”, this shows to the reader that these girls are haunted by their...

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“How Far Is Play Key in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead?”

prostitution. Naturally, both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are intrigued by his offer and try to delve deeper into what the Player is offering “You’re not - ah – exclusively players, then?”, “We’re inclusively players, sir.” Through Stoppard’s use of double entendres in the language, we are able to see how he plays at the sexual innuendos of the Player through the implications of the meaning “inclusively” to show how the word intimates intimacy and an element of risqué endeavors. By doing this Stoppard is...

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Shakespeare's Richard Iii

style of language used in the film concedes with the language used in play. Richard frequently manipulates other characters using clever techniques such as asides, puns and double entendres. One such example of this is when he greets his brother "I will deliver you, or else lie for you". It is depicted as a double entendre as his brother is easily deceived thinking that Richard will help release him, but only the audience is aware of the real connotation, meaning Richard will have him killed. ...

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shortly before her husband, Agamemnon, is murdered. The speech is spoken right upon the return of Agamemnon from the war of troy. The speech she gives is deceitful and foreshadows many events to come in the myth. The speech is also full of double entendres and appearances of loss and death. Clytemnestra tricks the chorus and Agamemnon with her tricky play on words and techniques of deceit. Clytemnestra use of images, metaphors, and ambiguous phrases is only some of the treacherous skills that...

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E.E. Cummings' on the Death of Romance in \

in that era as a double entendre describing both the physical act of having a stopped vehicle, and also as the not-so-innocent act of premarital, um, "parking". It was in the height of this revolution that Cummings wrote this graphic poem. Given Cummings' history as a Unitarian Minister, this poem is a lamentation, more than a celebration, of sex; a topic which Cummings wrote much about. Although the poem never declares that this is a sexual metaphor, its double entendres are made clear by...

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Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex

often surpasses the apparent meaning. They have, therefore, enormous affinities with the language of the unconscious which proceeds equally by various forms of distortion and alterations in meaning, notably through slips of the tongue, dreams, double entendres, and wordplay. Hamlet is himself aware of the ambiguous nature of his own speeches as well as of the feelings which drive them. Concerned by the dialectic between reality and appearance, and surface and depth, he is conscious that whatever happens...

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