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Disambiguating the Word "Pinch'' in William Shakespeare's the Tempest: a Stylistic Analysis by Bren U. Tuazon (Tarlac State University)

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Disambiguating the Word ‘Pinch’
In William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”
A Stylistic Analysis

Bren U. Tuazon
AB English-3A
College of Arts and Social Sciences
Tarlac State University


Reading any one of Shakespeare’s plays can feel like reading a long poem and that’s because they were written in a combination of verse (poetry) and prose.
In reading the Shakespeare’s play, the “The Tempest”, it is really hard to comprehend the text especially during the first reading. You must have to have a deep way of analyzing its context because of the ambiguity.
William Shakespeare meticulously crafted his play, The Tempest, with ambiguity. There are lots of words in the play can be considered ambiguous, but, the word ‘pinch’ seems to be the most ambiguous of them all.
The use of figures of speech, parts of speech and the use of manner of articulation were my tools in disambiguating the pinch in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
In the whole written play of the The Tempest, the word pinch was written and been told eight times. And each pinch signifies different meaning because of its ambiguity.
The word pinch was used in different ways in the whole play. It was used as a noun and as a verb, as well.
It was being used as a noun four times (Act I, Scene I: as thick as honeycomb, each pinch more stinging.., Act IV, Scene I: From toe to crown, he’ll fill our skins with pinches.. Act IV, Scene I: with aged cramps, and more pinch-spotted make them, Act V, Scene I: whose inward pinches are most strong.)
Pinch was also used as a verb four times (Act I, Scene I: all exercise on thee, thou shalt be pinch’d Act II, Scene II: and yet I needs must curse,but they’ll nor pinch, Act V, Scene I: thou art pinch’d fort now Act V, Scene I: I shall be pinch’d to death.) These pinches were noticeably considered as a verb due to how the lines were structured and how the pinches were formed. Let say for example the line, but they’ll nor pinch from Act II, Scene II. If we’ll...

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