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|Fanny is no part of the masquerade
Written by Angela L
(9/24/2010 3:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Interesting Idea! nfm, penned by Lisa Dalrymple
I think the theater idea, was only an excuse for all of them to legitimize their masquerade and thus have a licence to engross themselves in their respective parts. They are able to play out their real feelings and wishes in their assigned roles of the play.
I think one reaon for her fear of acting is that Fanny's role, if she could act out her real feelings and wishes, would be too daunting for her. Her wish is for Edmund to love her, but a declaration of love must first come from him, not her, and she is afraid that he might love Mary more.
Another aspect, I think, is that Fanny sees the evils that could ensue (i.e. the dangers involved in Maria and Henry declaring their love for each other on stage, etc.) and this is frightening and revolting to her.
And each of the parts assigned to each of the actors is also I believe very symbolic. I'm going to have to reread this part carefully again. I'm sure there's a lot going on here between the lines.
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