Surrounded by fetishes and figures of speech: Dog's tooth and whale's tooth, my father's shoe, the dead weight Of winter, the inarticulation
of joy .
Charles's catalog in his poem is distilled, as his readers would expect: "Dog's tooth and whale's tooth, my father's shoe, the dead weight//Of winter, the inarticulation
This tension between verbal inarticulation
and the certainty of a written script informs several scenes throughout the play.
A further shared prejudice is the dualistic opposition between either victimization or total freedom, total inarticulation
or consummate mastery of language.