Language and Theme

  • Michael Scott


Much of The Fawn is about language; its use and abuse at court. If, as Jonson held, ‘Language most shewes the man; speake that I may see thee’, what language shows us in The Fawn is a gallery of fops and fools in love with sound but ignorant of meaning.


Verbal Language Foreign Accent Medieval Tradition Moral Ambival Verbal Portrait 
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    See also Donna B. Hamilton, ‘Language as Theme in The Dutch Courtesan’, Renaissance Drama, v (1972) pp. 75–87.Google Scholar
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