Ultimately, through his cunning speeches which utilities reoccur words and phrases, we are able to see how Angelica is compelled into agreeing to have sex with him for free. Willpower is very sneaky, almost Machiavellian in the ways he chooses to persuade Angelica to sleep with him. He exploits her beauty to try to make her understand that she doesn’t need to demand money from men. His view is that she is beautiful enough without having to prostitute her gorgeousness for material gain. He describes her as “this Heaven of Beauty’ (183).
Thus by relating her to a Goddess, as something that is out of this world, he is deliberately manipulating her through being charming and through appealing to the consciousness of her female beauty. By this I mean that Willpower knows that women like to be called beautiful. By engaging her in this way, he can cunningly manipulate her through arguing that the money she demands does not equate to, or parallel her beauty. Hence, this demand, in effect, is unnecessary and derogatory to her person.
He further utilizes her beauty to encourage Angelica that because of her attractiveness she should raise her standards. She should demand more from men in terms of affection, rather than lust, because she deserves better Han they give. Willpower states, “[l am] one that scorns this baseness which you practice” (185) demonstrating that prostituting herself is the lowest of the low, and somebody of such beauty does not deserve to practice such obscenities. He argues that she lowers herself unnecessarily for money when having sex with him for free would significantly increase her status as a woman.
Willpower cleverly Juxtaposes this image of Angelica stooping to low standards with the image of himself being “a gentleman” (185). He portrays himself as the righteous moral man by saying, “l would to sell myself, no, not to gain your charming high-prized person” (185). Essentially he is saying that what she does is wrong and immoral because she is giving up who she really is for money which is an act of such ‘baseness’. His use of a double negative in “no, not” enhances his rhetoric by emphasizing his dismay at her practices.
Through this Juxtaposition he is consciously persuading Angelica to be a ‘proper women’ and not charge him to have sex with her. His argument is that money and love should not go hand and hand. Therefore Angelica should not “set such price on sin” (184) cause such actions demoralize the act of sex in love to a lustful and immoral procedure that no longer revolves around care and affection. Willpower’s rhetoric compels Angelica to feel guilt about charging him extortionate money for sex.
He uses the idea of love to show that putting a high price on something that should be which is love’s due is meanly bartered for” (184). This concept of love is something that Angelica has never felt before. Willpower brings it into the context of their relationship by subtlety interchanging the words love for lust in his own mind, while insinuating only the love part toward Angelica. By this I mean that, he is being smart and using specific words, which to him mean one thing (when he says love he means lust), yet to Angelica means another (love means love to her).
In essence, Willpower is purposefully deceiving Angelica into a false sense of security by manipulating his diction to suit himself and to fool the woman. The feeling of guilt that he conjures within her continues throughout his speeches in Act II Scene 2 where he charms Angelica and expresses her beauty to the extent that he will sleep with her despite is obvious lack of money. He states, miss I am poor”… “And yet I would at any rate enjoy you” (185). These two statements show Angelica duping Willpower out of his money, but because of her beauty, he cannot say no.
He acts as the giving gentleman who would give anything to be with her, no matter the cost. The overall image he gives of himself is one where he gives in to her splendor. However, he does this in a manipulative sense, by structuring his rhetoric in a persuasive way in which he knows his play on words will guilt Angelica into feeling like she is cheating him by harming and consequently will urge her in the direction of free sex. The forceful phrases and words he uses during his main speech on page 185 persuade and influence Angelica into having sex with him for free.
Willpower says, meet such a slave I am to love and beauty / this last reserve I’ll sacrifice to enjoy you” (185). His rhetoric is intelligent because by using words such as “slave” and “sacrifice” we see Willpower able to get inside the head of Angelica so that she can visualize exactly what he is giving up for her. He is appealing to her as a woman by making himself inferior to ere. In him doing this, he is revealing a role reversal whereby traditionally it was the women who ‘slave’ and ‘sacrifice’ for men.
They live in a patriarchal society, yet Willpower makes himself seem vulnerable to her ways. Now clearly he is not giving anything up, he is simply manipulating her because he has the persuasive rhetoric and the male-controlled society to be able to do so. The use of the word “sacrifice” creates such a bold image in Angelica’s mind that she believes it would be wrong of her to ask him to give up so much Just for sex. We see her change of heart in the allowing statement that reads, “His words go through me to the very soul” (185).
Willpower also says, “And soon will cure those wounds your eyes have made” (185) which is a statement that enhances the mental and physical lengths to which he is going to Just to sleep with her. By reaching out so far into domains of such rhetoric, in creating a vivid image for her to envisage, Angelica is overwhelmed by Willpower’s descriptions of self-sacrifice and devotion that her feeling of guilt is heightened and ultimately, she is forced into free consensual sex.
Willpower uses the strategy n his rhetoric of grouping together all women. He uses women as a whole to refer to them as “soft deluding hypocrites” and then goes on to say, “That Vive no faith left for the cozening sex; especially for women of your trade” (187). His use of the word “cozening” implies his view of Angelica as we have seen in this scene, but at the same time, it is subtly asking her to prove his view wrong.
By grouping Angelica into this mass, he is delicately, yet purposefully asking her to prove that she is different individualizing Angelica because she is better than a prostitute, better than these hypocrites” and thus he is trying to manipulate and deceive her into having sex with him for free through flattery. By referring to the female group as a whole, he is implicitly asking Angelica to stand out, to go against the norm of the prostituting world because she is better than others and doesn’t need to charge money.
Para Ben’s depiction of the relationship between Willpower and Angelica encourages the reader to side with Angelica and to value her point of view because of the deceitful ways of Willpower. Angelica is a woman trying to make a living, reaps in a dubious and degrading manner, yet ultimately still trying to prosper in a patriarchal and misogynistic society. She is degraded by men of all wealth’s because of the profession she is in, but ironically it is these men who have forced her to follow such path’s with their conventional and oppressive traditions.
We see such traditions in Willpower’s treatment of Angelica because the only way she is able to make a living is to sleep with men, but Willpower cheats her out of even this by making her seem like she is worth so much more than she is giving off. He uses the concept of love to appeal to her heart, but secretly all he is referring to is the concept of lust for his own benefit. He exploits her beauty because he knows his words will personally affect Angelica through the way she grows to feel about him.
This is demonstrated in her statement, “The pay, I mean, is but thy love for mine” (187). Her change of heart toward him has occurred due to his manipulation of her into believing that she does not have to charge money for sex because she is above such morals. It is the cunning and persuasive rhetoric that Willpower employs upon Angelica that disables any rot of power she may have in the patriarchal society because he guilt’s her into believing that her actions are immoral, while ironically he is the one being immoral.
Willpower’s deceitful and devious language entices Angelica into a false sense of security by believing that Willpower truly cares for her. He manipulates and exploits her female beauty by continually telling her that she deserves better, that she is too beautiful to charge money for her sexual services. His rhetoric induces a feeling of guilt within Angelica because he makes her feel like she is tricking a poor man of all is money Just for sex.
He creates this image in her head that such an act of ‘love’ is something that she reduces down to a base level which disgusts him and he persuades her to change this. His careful and concise choosing of words persuade Angelica into having sex with him for free because they now love one another, and love is something that cannot be bought as portrayed by Willpower’s language. This is the principal Willpower cunningly forces Angelica into believing while he uses it as a way to con and to exploit the beautiful female through his manipulative rhetoric.