In the Amazing Spiderman movie, Dr. Curt Connors said:

"I might be free to cast off flesh wherein I dwell confined."

What's the meaning of “I dwell confined” in this context?

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Wherein I dwell confined is a relative clause modifying flesh.

  • wherein is a rather formal way of saying in which
  • dwell is an old word meaning live in the sense inhabit, now little used outside of literature
  • confined is the past participle of the verb confine, here employed as a secondary complement modifying the subject

I dwell confined in flesh = I live enclosed by/imprisoned in flesh.

The relative clause is constructed by replacing the implicit object of in with which and moving both which and the preposition which governs it to the head of the clause:

I dwell confined [in [flesh]] > [in [which]] I dwell confined


We live in our skin. It constrains us – we can't be in two places at once.

The word dwell means live. The quote could rephrased:

I live confined in my body; someday, I might be free to cast it off

That may be a little less confusing, but it's a little less poetic, too. There's no such thing as a free lunch.

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