Private Lives Questions and Answers

Private Lives

In act III of Nöel Coward’s Private Lives, Amanda Prynne tells her ex-husband, Elyot Chase, that she was “brought up to believe that it’s beyond the pale for a man to strike a woman.” “A very poor...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 7:54 am UTC

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Coward's 1930 play Private Lives is a comedy of manners about the love problems of a privileged, upper class couple. Elyot and Amanda have married and divorced because they were fighting all the...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2019 9:24 pm UTC

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The couples themselves represent the inconstancy and virulent nature of some marriages. The couples also represent the dichotomy of social vs. private lives in a marriage. People often put on...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2008 4:15 am UTC

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There are two main settings in Noel Coward’s 1930 play “Private Lives,” the hotel in Deauville, France, where two honeymooning couples find themselves with adjoining rooms, and Amanda’s apartment...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2013 8:16 pm UTC

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In this play, the main plot device that the story turns on is that Amanda and Elyot, who have been divorced for years, meet by chance and fall in love again. The main reason their emotions are...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 6:42 pm UTC

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Pleasure-seeking is most definitely a dominant theme in Noël Coward's play Private Lives. The characters' lives are ruled by seeking pleasure, especially the characters Elyot and Amanda. While...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 7:29 am UTC

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Society has always had very rigorous structures, and those structures were especially strict in times past. It has been believed that women had their roles as nurturers of home and family life and...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 8:38 am UTC

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We're already told the location of the play in the introductory stage notes—"Act One: The Terrace of a Hotel in France. Summer evening." However, even if we overlook the stage notes, we can still...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 8:38 am UTC

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