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October 9, 2005

Word Choice

Settle thy studies Faustus, and begin
to sound the depth of that thou wilt profess.
Having commenced, be a divine in show,
Yet level at the end of every art,
And live and die in Aristotle's works.
Sweet Analytics, 'tis thou hast ravished me.

I find the diction in this passage interesting. A few of the words have quite a few meanings and it is interesting to think why those words were chosen and what they might imply about what is going to happen in the play.

For instance ravish means "to rape" as well as "to overwhelm emotionally."
Level means many various things: "equal" "unchanging" or even "to knock somebody down" (and there are numerous other definitions). It is interesting to try to decide which the author meant to portray, or if more than one definition might have been meant.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at October 9, 2005 3:35 PM


I see what you mean Lorin. I think the author of plays pick the words they do to make the reader think about what the lines could possibly mean. I know I have said at least twice that I've noticed the way an author used a certain word because it makes it sound like something.

Posted by: Danielle Meyer at October 9, 2005 11:46 PM

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