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Food and Drink Imagery

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Food and drink imagery end up as an allegory of the developing levels of frivolity and seriousness throughout the play. Huh? Let’s try that again. In the first two acts, food and wine play the role of comedic relief and showy wordplay in the characters of Lignière and Ragueneau (just look at the scene with the orange girl, or the hilarious poetic-puff-pastry stuff). However, it becomes much more serious in the last three acts, especially when the Cadets at Arras are starving. Food isn’t exactly trivial anymore. Roxane risks her own life to show up with a feast for the men, although to be fair her mind was probably more on Christian than on any food she was bringing to the soldiers. Love, too, is briefly referred to in food imagery when Roxane describes her desire for cream (good love poetry) and not milk and water (Christian’s lame offering of "I love you").

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