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What truth do Harry's and Moo's assertions have when they accuse each other in I.xxiv...

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pashti | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM via web

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What truth do Harry's and Moo's assertions have when they accuse each other in I.xxiv of Moo by Sally Clark?

Act 1, Scene 24, Harry accuses Moo of lacking pride, dignity, and self-respect. She in turn accuses him of being frightened of her power over him. 

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM (Answer #1)

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Moragh, nicknamed Moo, is characterized as a strong, independent woman who recognizes a good adventure when she sees one and who is not afraid of paying the consequences of the adventures when they turn into misadventures, such as her marriage to and obsession for Harry. It is true that one has to abandon certain levels of pride and dignity to throw oneself into such dubious circumstances as wild adventures might require.

If Harry, with his self-absorbed conceit and lack of affect (emotional demonstration in a normal range of emotional responses), can be persuaded by Moragh to act against his own self-interest, then it might be said that such a man might fear such a woman's power over him.

Yet if it is not proven that Harry acted under persuasion--say married her under coercion rather than duplicitously for access to her money--then it may not be said that he feared Moo.

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