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In Under Milk Wood the theme of love is very prominent For the characters in the book it plays an important part of their lives and adds both humour and tragedy to the play The interaction between married couples is one way in which Dylan Thomas adds humour to the play It is the lack of love that is so comical For example Mr Pugh as he brings his wife her tea says to himself heres your arsenic dear and throughout the play is plotting ways to murder his wife although he never is actually brave enough to go through with his plans Love is clearly important with the younger members of the town of Llaregub Mae Rose Cottage and Lily Smalls both dream of falling in love and for Mr Right Even the children of the town play kissing games one girl Gwennie taunts boys to Kiss me in Gosegog Lane as part of a game The way in which Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard treats her husbands although they are both dead is also very comical She treats them like servants ordering them to dust the blinds and search the peke for fleas Despite the fact she tells them I love you both The audience feels sure that she only says this for appearances sake and that she does not mean it The terror and horror in Mr Ogmore and Mr Pritchards voices when they reply to her show that they certainly do not love her back The delight that Mr Beynon takes in tormenting his wife is another example of the ways in which Thomas makes love comical Mr Beynon tells Mrs Beynon that Were eating pussycat And that Yesterday we had mole What makes it even more humorous is that Mrs Beynon stoutly believes him although Lily the maid tells her Mr Beynon is the biggest liar in town And though it would be preferable to believe that he was
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