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Can anyone analyze the structure of William Congreve's play The Way of the World?

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phare | Middle School Teacher

Posted November 23, 2007 at 4:17 AM via web

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Can anyone analyze the structure of William Congreve's play The Way of the World?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 17, 2007 at 12:52 AM (Answer #1)

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There is already a good discussion of the structure of this play at eNotes. Follow the link below to an article on Congreve's style in this play. In that article you will find information not only about the five-act play structure but also about the setting, dramatic elements, and so forth.

The Way of the World is part of a genre of literature called "comedy of manners," a satirical look at the "manners" of high society. See the eNotes article on this genre (linked below).

You might also read the Encyclopedia Britannica article on the play (linked below). There you will find several critical reviews.

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