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Explore the relationship between Ruth and Lenny as this dialogue unfolds

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Explore the relationship between Ruth and Lenny as this dialogue unfolds The scene starts when Ruth comes through the front door and sees Lenny standing there still. On page 42 Lenny first speaks by saying "good evening," and after Ruth corrects him. I feel that Ruth is mocking Lenny's intelligence by correcting, and especially at this point as it is their first encounter. I think that Lenny's response with "you're right there" shows that he is obliged to agree. To all the questions that Lenny suggests, Ruth gives short and quick answers, she is trying to show Lenny by that she is not interested in what he has to say, I feel that Ruth is trying to dismiss Lenny. When Ruth puts on her coat collar, I sense that she is constructing a barrier between herself and Lenny, trying to separate herself and distinguishing her territory. By Ruth not doing much talking, I feel she is not interested. ...read more.


Lenny uses a metaphor to describe the sound of everyday objects during the day; I sense he is trying to rise intellectually after failing to get into a conversation with Ruth. Again Lenny has another go at trying to find out information, I feel that he doesn't understand how his brother could be somewhat successful in the sense that he has a wife, family and a good job and in America. By Lenny asking if Ruth lives with Teddy in America, it shows that he is refusing to acknowledge Ruth as a part of the family. The atmosphere throughout this meeting seems slightly awkward; I feel that Ruth is uncomfortable with Lenny being there in that way but she doesn't show it physically. When later Lenny tells Ruth about his stumble upon a 'prostitute' I sense that he is trying to impress Ruth that he is in control, and that he can do whatever he wants how he wants. ...read more.


On page 51, Ruth has another go at mocking Lenny but by going for a more personal approach by reminding him of his mother, he becomes quite angry and demanding. On page 53, I feel that there is role reversal, because as before Lenny describes how in the situation with the prostitute he had the upper hand and was more dominant, it all turns against him because now Ruth has the upper hand, telling him what to do like a mother telling her child. Ruth becomes more seductive, "Lie on the floor. Go on. I'll pour it down your throat," here I feel she is mocking him with her feminism, she is toying with his mind. I feel that Ruth is trying to gain sexual control over Lenny. I that Lenny starts to actually fall for it all, buts its part of Ruth's games she wants him or trying to make him feel intimidated by mocking him on his territory. I think that Ruth succeeds in doing that and makes a dramatic exit on page 53 by smiling and walking of leaving Lenny confused. Saba Khan 12L ...read more.

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