'Tis Pity She's a Whore Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What do the Friar and Giovanni discuss in Act 1, Scene 1?

Giovanni is sexually attracted to his sister, Annabella. The men discuss this relationship; Giovanni first trying to defend it and then adhering to the Friar's advice to pray for relief.

2. How does the Friar respond to what Giovanni says in the first scene of the play?

The Friar is disgusted by Giovanni's feelings. He tells him he must pray in solitude and beg God for mercy. He is shocked that Giovanni, such an ideal citizen, would act on such feelings.

3. How does Giovanni try to convince the Friar that his feelings towards Annabella are appropriate in Act 1, Scene 1?

Giovanni tries to convince the Friar and the audience that there is nothing wrong with his feelings toward his sister: "Say that we had one father, say one womb / (Curse to my joys) gave both us life and birth; / Are we not therefore each to other bound."

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