Doesn't the plot of the play  seem to be very contemporary?During these what I have observed that the relationship among the young generations are as like as presented in the play before about...

Doesn't the plot of the play  seem to be very contemporary?

During these what I have observed that the relationship among the young generations are as like as presented in the play before about 400years.

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There are several reason’s why William Congreve’s The Way of the World seems so contemporary even to a 21st century reader. The first, is that like all great literature, it deals with universal human situations. We all have had romantic difficulties, have dealt with gossips and cliques, encountered jealousy, etc. The other reason it seems “modern” is that Restoration comedy of manners really was the start of the “drawing room comedy” genre that involves a romantic plot and verbal humour, in a domestic setting, with realistic characters. This genre continues in the tradition of writers like Wilde, Coward, and Pinero, into contemporary romantic comedies, including things like “screwball” films. The verbal humour and eccentric characters of “The Big Bang Theory” are direct descendants of Congreve, and thus to anyone brought up on television or film will seem quite familiar.

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