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How does Mrs. Turpin's treatment of her husband help characterize her in "Revelation"?

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM via web

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How does Mrs. Turpin's treatment of her husband help characterize her in "Revelation"?

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

Posted June 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM (Answer #1)

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There are especially two aspects of Mrs. Turpin's treatment of Claud that reveal her characterization. First: she includes him in her self-aggrandizing thoughts about how superior she and her are compared to white trash and other unacceptable people. Second: she inadvertently uses incorrect grammar when speaking of her experiences with Claud. The English usage is to put the other person ahead of the speaker in speaking or writing: Claud and I. Yet Mrs. Turpin consistently puts herself before Claud, in language, in attitude, and in action as in the phrase, "she and Claud."

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