Money Talks Carol Ann Duffy Analysis Essay

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Money Talks by Carol Ann Duffy

This is a commentary on the poem ‘Money Talks’ by carol Ann Duffy. ‘Money talks’ is the 2nd edition of the collection “Selling Manhattan” released in 1987. In this poem, the character ‘money’ is presented and the audience perceives the poem from money’s point of view. Duffy does this to highlight to the audience what the situation would be like if indeed money had a voice. The author does not give money a specific gender in order to generalize the message and link the meaning behind the poem to a broader audience as well as makes the audience visualize the differences in society. Duffy instead used ‘I’ to reinforce and personify moneys voice.

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955 to a Scottish father and an Irish mother. She was
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Dionysus granted Midas his wish to have the ability to turn every thing he touched to gold. This wish had terrible consequences that Midas soon came to regret but money it seems in this poem is indifferent to this and is even rather boastful about it. Moneys uncaring, arrogant attitude is further developed by the use of religious allusion in “turn bread to hard cash” which references to Jesus who was able to turn water to wine and bread. This shows that money believes cash to be more beneficial to humanity than wine and bread, which links back to the theme of money being the universal language. This relates to the prostitute as she was selling her body in order to obtain cash and this is further added to with the use of rhetorical questions in “Do you fancy me lady? Really?” which highlights the anxiousness and power of money. The man is also paying for affection even though he knows it’s not real which shows his desperateness for affection and showing the audience the extent of damage money has
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