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Female voice - male rhetoric (Inferno V)

Flavia Coassin


Francesca's speech is surprising for its elaborate eloquence. As the explanation of her drama is supported by indirect quotations, she is, in fact, using someone else's language, a male rhetoric. Her language does not prove to be a tool for understanding and remains ambiguous for the reader, divided between pity for her sad story and suspicion that she might be trying to deceive; more probably, it is her confusion as well as her inability either to appropriate male rhetoric or to create her own that is reflected in a language which can only generate contradictions.

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