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Rhetorical Purpose of Bedrid Weaver

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Hudibras, Samuel Butler

The rhetorical purpose of ending with the image of the bedrid weaver can be best stated as

A

to contrast the impotence of the slain man with the unjust power demonstrated by the Puritans.

B

to create sympathy for the cobbler by suggesting the weaver was lame.

C

to excuse the Puritan’s choice by showing the weaver’s lack of value.

D

to create humor surrounding an otherwise horrific event.

E

to find an ending that rhymed with “stead did”.