Explanation Of Tone

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Towards the beginning of the poem, the wife says, “Then I found my own husband was ill-starred, sad at heart, pretending, plotting murder behind a smiling face” (177 ln 18-20). The tone from this line is hostile and almost condemning. Lines 41-44 use the same phrase “smiling face”, but the tone is different. This time, young men are almost being told to hide their feelings behind a smiling face. I am wondering if there is a reason she would condemn her husband from “pretending” but also enforce the idea. Another reasoning behind the tone change could simply be from her explaining the situation young men have to deal with while at war. My main question from this quote is to find out whether or not the wife wants men, specifically her husband,
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