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“Obviously it has nothing whatever to do with the wretched girl’s suicide

What language technique is that?
Original post by tzay
What language technique is that?

It seems like rhetoric to me, because the aim is to persuade the reader of the lack of a connection between "it" and the suicide.
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Original post by tzay
What language technique is that?

I'd call that audience positioning through irony.
Whatever Birling is saying we are being made to doubt, because whatever he is saying is made to be so ironic and wrong.
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It= euphemism, Birling is trying to distance himself from Eva’s death and resolve him from any blame. Birling as embodying the large impersonal capitalist cooperations that were coming into prominence within the 20th century

Wretched= sense of moral indignation. Could link to 20th century attitudes to suicide- Birling believes the act of suicide itself is ‘wretched’ and nothing to do with his own actions but Eva’s own morality.

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