What are the characteristics of comedy of manners?

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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A quick answer to your question is that a comedy of manners is a work in which the author is using humor and/or satire to point about the flaws and weaknesses in people's behavior.  It frequently focuses on a specific class of characters. One of the best examples of this type of work is Pride and Prejudice.

There is a more detailed commentary on the enotes page I have listed in the references below.

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