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Friday, 17 June 2011

FOR NEXT TIME: WEEK 6 from 21-24 June

Logic is often involved in dialogue especially when people are arguing.   Often the logic is evident through being subverted in some way

· Accusing and defending against the accusation – in court, the sitting room, the supermarket

· Persuading with good or false logic, getting someone to do something by giving good/bad reasons

· Going back over events to make sense of them – suspicious husband, detective

· Argument in which one person tries to show the other how inconsistent they are

· Fatal or narrative or psychological logic – ‘Those to whom evil is done/do evil in return’


The detective or spouse or other questions someone as to what’s happened, focusing on ‘why’ questions. The person questioned sounds confident when he/she has an answer, but may retreat into ‘I don’t know’ sometimes, or may break in with ‘Why are you badgering me like this!’

An argument in which A is accusing B of something. B is guilty but trying to wriggle out of it. Typical tricks (compare politicians’ answers in interviews) are to

· Try and turn the tables by accusing the accusing of being just as bad

· Avoiding an answer by saying something like, ‘What I’m telling you is…’

· Acting superior with a ‘Don’t be so absurd’ or taking offence with a ‘How dare you?!’

· Looking at watch and remember you have to be somewhere.


Write some dialogue in which there is an argument, one person trying to prove the other wrong, or guilty, or heartless. . .

Could be drama, fiction, poem. Could use just one side of a conversation on the phone, could be a running through in one person’s mind

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