The Marriage of Figaro Analysis

Places Discussed (Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)

Figaro and Suzanne’s bedroom

Figaro and Suzanne’s bedroom. Room that Figaro and Suzanne hope to share after their marriage. The minimal furniture reflects the fact that the marriage has not yet taken place. It also emphasizes the poverty of the couple, which makes them susceptible to Marceline’s machinations.

Countess’s bedroom

Countess’s bedroom. The luxurious appointments emphasize the differences of class that separate the characters and cause Figaro’s struggles. The use of bedrooms, private places linked to secrecy, also coincides with the numerous plots in which the characters engage.

Throne room

Throne room. This setting further stresses the power of the count with the portrait of the king representing his aristocratic connections. A secondary scene involving the count and Figaro’s proposed trip to England serves both to mock the English and to show how Figaro’s trickery will aid him.

Gallery

Gallery. Public room that allows the characters to spy on one another, creating new problems. The festive decorations reflect the joy of Figaro and Suzanne, who seem to have overcome the obstacles to their marriage.

Park

Park. Outdoor setting that functions as the location of Figaro’s famous revolutionary monologue. This is especially appropriate in that, outside the château, Figaro seems to gain increased freedom.

The Marriage of Figaro Historical Context

France on the Brink of Revolution
Throughout the 1700s, France was the largest and most powerful nation in Europe. French...

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The Marriage of Figaro Literary Style

Monologue
Figaro's lengthy monologue in act V breaks up the quick pace of the comedy. In the first part of the monologue, Figaro...

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The Marriage of Figaro Compare and Contrast

1780s: In the mid-1780s, France is a monarchy ruled by King Louis XVI. The king holds absolute power.

Today: France...

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The Marriage of Figaro Topics for Further Study

Beaumarchais originally set The Marriage of Figaro in France in the 1780s. Do you think changing the setting to Spain lessens any of...

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The Marriage of Figaro Media Adaptations

Mozart wrote a four-act opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, based on The Marriage of Figaro. It was first performed in 1786. Numerous...

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The Marriage of Figaro Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Brereton, Geoffrey, French Comic Drama from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century, Methuen & Co. Ltd.,...

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The Marriage of Figaro Bibliography (Great Characters in Literature)

Cox, Cynthia. The Real Figaro: The Extraordinary Career of Caron de Beaumarchais. London: Longmans, 1962. Focuses primarily on Beaumarchais’ many activities other than writing. In her discussion of his ventures into diplomacy, Cox notes Beaumarchais’ success as an intriguer and interprets the character of Figaro as a self-portrait. Includes illustrations and a good bibliography.

Grendel, Frédéric. Beaumarchais: The Man Who Was Figaro. Translated by Roger Greaves. London: MacDonald and Jane’s, 1977. Interprets Figaro as Beaumarchais’ alter ego and The Marriage of Figaro as the pinnacle of his career. Believes...

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