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Mrs Aesop by Mind Map: Mrs Aesop
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Mrs Aesop

Humour in rhymes

"He was small/ didn't prepossess. So he tried to impress."

Suggests an insecure man who makes up for lack of physical appeal in preachy comments

Duffy imagines what it would be like to be married to a man who cannot stop moralising

It would be massively boring

Allusion to story of Mr and Mrs Bobbitt - the wife cutting off the husband's penis

Duffy uses a number of references to hi morals and fables, helping to create a humorous yet deadening effect

Aesop's words have become cliches

Aesop still believes his empty words to be wise

He is pompous, Refers to his wife as "Mrs A"

She hates going out with him

Everything becomes a fable to him

"slow as marriage"

Uses the tortoise and the hare to describe the aginy of her marriage


Dismissive of him entirely

"Actions, Mrs A, speak louder than words"

She becomes indignant because his "actions" are inadequate

"the sex was diabolical"

She uses the fable form to emasculate her husband, "threatens to "cut off his tail", This shuts him up, Ironically, alows her to "laugh last, longest", One of his own morals

religious first line

"by christ he could bore for purgatory"

Implies that he ould make purgatory even worse

"dead men tell no tales", A motive for Mrs Aesop to murder him, He might finally shut up!