Giovanni Verga Drama Analysis
Among Giovanni Verga’s earliest youthful writings was a play entitled “I nuovi tartufi” (the new Tartuffes), which, according to Frederico De Roberto, he submitted to a competition held in Florence. The play did not win any prizes for him nor has its manuscript survived. A second comedy written in Florence was also unsuccessful and has since been lost. The first play that has survived, Rose caduche, written sometime between 1873 and 1875, was never produced, but was published posthumously in 1928.
Like the novels of passion that Verga wrote during this same period, Rose caduche is set in the atmosphere of the elegant but superficial and frivolous society in which the author was living. By the time he wrote the play, he had apparently decided to emphasize the more negative aspects of this society, particularly the shallowness of the romantic relationships between the sexes. For this purpose, he created four couples and assigned to each the role of a different attitude toward this relationship. Act 1 brings the eight still-unattached individuals together at an elegant garden party in the villa of Countess Baglini. Each of the characters has the opportunity to reveal his or her personality. The countess is egotistical and conniving; Irma Scotti is passionate and defenseless; Lucrezia is sincere and rational; Signoria Merelli is practical and domineering; Luciano De-Galiani is a romantic poet; Paolo...
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