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Explore the characterisation of Teddy and his significance in the play as a whole starting from a close examination of his words and behaviour on p86 to p89 I think well go back to You just rest Ill go pack We see straight away that Teddy who ostensibly should be relaxed in his home is tense He talks incessantly posing questions and seeking reassurance while Ruth speaks and acts with confidence When Teddy announces I think well go back and asks Ruth if she agrees that they should return home she simply answers with a contrasting self-assurance WhyIII86 Teddys insecurity is apparent in every line as his rhythms and tone of speech contradict the apparent meaning of his words For example responding snappily to Ruths accusation that he does not like his family he says Of course I like them What are you talking about but he is unable to continue the speech by producing some evidence to support this statement and there is a telling silence III 87 This episode reinforces the fact that the power in this relationship seems to belong to Ruth For instance Teddy rambles Look Ill go and pack You rest for a while Will you They wont be back for at least an hour You can sleep Rest PleaseIII 89 to which Ruth just looks at him in commanding silence In retrospect we may look at Teddys pleading for her to rest as more of an attempt to claim possession than to offer solace a comparison can be drawn to earlier in Act III when Teddy says to Ruth Im with you This suspicion is reinforced when we realise that this is one of three times that Teddy has begged Ruth to Rest in just four pages of text even though as he says himself Its morning Its about eleven oclockIII 88 Teddy seems desperate to stop his wife being revitalised by this unclean house even
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