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The Way of the World

A comedy of manners is meant to present the typical dynamics of the upper classes while also showing what lies beneath the surface. It is making the "fake" seem real by showing how what seems real...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2014 3:24 am UTC

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From its very title, the audience gets the idea that William Congreve's play The Way of the World is intended to show them something about how the world really works, how people relate to one...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2021 7:15 pm UTC

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Lady Wishfort demonstrates that, while you are only young once, you can be immature forever. Restoration comedy targets vanity in all its forms, and one of the most common of these is the refusal...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2021 12:39 pm UTC

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The Way of the World is one of the best-known and most characteristic Restoration comedies in terms of plot, tone and themes. Restoration comedies are typically described as "worldly," which means...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020 11:42 am UTC

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In the famous proviso scene in act 4, Millamant and Mirabell discuss the conditions under which they would be prepared to get married. On the face of it, it would appear that a relationship so...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019 10:24 am UTC

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In The Later Stuarts, Sir George Clark notes that the best-known fact about Restoration comedy is that it is immoral. Husbands and wives are continually unfaithful to one another and indulge in...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2021 5:58 pm UTC

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At first, it seems sensible to argue that marriage is the central theme in William Congreve’s play The Way of the World. After all, marriage seems to be what most of the characters are after. It’s...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020 5:25 pm UTC

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I think this is an accurate statement to make about Congreve's female characters. In this Restoration comedy, there are four main female characters: Lady Wishfort, Mrs. Millamant, Mrs. Marwood, and...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 3:51 pm UTC

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The title of this play is significant because it points to one of the major themes of the play -- it sort of signals to us what the play is about. The play is a "comedy of manners" in which the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2010 2:18 pm UTC

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It is important to recognise the way in which this play is a satire of society, and in particular we can see this through the use of the term "wit" as applied to the characters that Congreve...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 2:51 pm UTC

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Even of the title of the play makes it clear that this is going to make fun of the way folks act, the way folks socialize. Most of the conflicts between characters are built around social...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2010 12:50 am UTC

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One of the key figures in William Congreve’s satire The Way of the World is Mirabell. He is determined to marry the popular and desirable Millamant and engages in a variety of schemes to try to...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2020 11:19 pm UTC

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The Way of the World contains four substantial roles for women and, even more unusually for the time, the women frequently dominate the stage and have many of the most memorable lines. Although the...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020 9:50 am UTC

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The Way of the World

William Congreve’s quick-paced The Way of the World is a comic masterpiece, though curiously it was such a failure when first presented in 1700 that Congreve resolved to never write for the stage...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 9:21 pm UTC

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William Congreve establishes a parallel between the deceitful, manipulative actions of the male and female characters. Although the behavior of all four characters would be reprehensible if taken...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 6:46 am UTC

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The Way of the World by William Congreve is classified as a comedic play and features a great deal of satirical humor. Even though the play discusses "the way of the world," featuring the horrible...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019 1:35 pm UTC

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Congreave's play follows the classic five-act play structure. Act I introduces the characters and establishes the conflict. Act II builds rising action and complications in preparation for the...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 5:35 am UTC

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The line is spoken by Mrs. Fainall in act 2, scene 4. She is responding to Mirabell's less than gallant—but painfully accurate—remarks concerning Lady Wishfort, Mrs. Fainall's mother. Mrs. Fainall...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2018 10:54 am UTC

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The Way of the World by William Congreve involves a series of marriages, marriage proposals, and extramarital affairs. As Mr. Fainall says in Act III, Scene 18, Why, then, Foible’s a bawd, an...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2018 6:49 pm UTC

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The Way of the World

The Way of the World is a play by British playwright William Congreve. It was first put on stage in 1700. The play follows the story of Mirabell and Millamant, who are in love with each other but...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020 6:12 pm UTC

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Fainall has just beaten Mirabell at a game of cards in a chocolate house. Mirabell offers to play on if it will "entertain" Fainall. At this point, Fainall, says no, because Mirabell is too...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 6:16 pm UTC

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Mrs. Marwood’s character exemplifies one of William Congreve’s central themes: the difference between appearances versus reality. This can also be phrased as the way that self-depiction masks a...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 8:18 pm UTC

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Mrs. Fainall's role in The Way of the World is essentially that of a dual foil. On one hand, she is a foil to Fainall himself, her husband who neglects her and seems to have tired of her rapidly....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 10:20 am UTC

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The relationship between Sir Rowland and Lady Wishfort is based on false pretenses. First of all, “Sir Rowland” isn't real. Mirabell makes up the existence of a wealthy uncle named Sir Rowland who...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 10:00 pm UTC

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Congreve expertly advances key elements of the plot to lead the reader to the climax in act 3. For example, in act 2, the reader gains insight into the complex plot and relationships as the...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 10:38 pm UTC

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Written by English playwright William Congreve, The Way of the World is a Restoration comedy. Mrs. Marwood is presumed to be friends with Lady Wishfort and Mrs. Fainall; however she is having an...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 10:36 am UTC

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A reformed rake is simply a man who's led a life of debauchery and self-indulgence and finally seen the error of his ways. In The Way of the World it is Mirabell who most clearly fits that...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018 7:14 am UTC

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What is striking to a modern reader/audience about William Congreve's comic drama is how equally the sexes are depicted. The play premiered in 1700 and is considered one of the finest examples of...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 8:18 pm UTC

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The Way of the World

William Congreve's play The Way of the World is a comedy of manners that uses conflicts to satirize immoral behavior within society, especially during the Restoration era in which England,...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2015 2:29 am UTC

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The Way of the World is developed as a comedy, written by William Congreve, in keeping with the conventions of the Restoration comedy of manners. These comedies, following Cromwell's government and...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 2:20 am UTC

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The Way of the World

The play The Way of the World was written by William Congreve and was put on stage for the first time in 1700. It is considered to be a satirical play, which criticizes its contemporary society....

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 9:03 am UTC

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In a play that concerns itself so much with the sexual mores of its day and deception and trickery, Mirabell is clearly the protagonist in this play who uses his charms and beauty to gain what he...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2012 6:27 pm UTC

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The Way of the World

The Way of the World, a play written by William Congreve, is a typical restauration play, as it tries to poke fun at its contemporary society through its content. As it is written in a very...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020 8:06 am UTC

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This is a great question to think about, because opinion of Mirabell is often sharply divided. On the one hand, he is an immensely attractive character that the audience can't but help but like, as...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 3:07 pm UTC

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One way in which The Way of the World and Robinson Crusoe can be compared to one another is in their resolutions. Both works speak to a unified condition of being in the world. There is a unity...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2013 1:23 pm UTC

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The Way of the World was written around 1700, during the Restoration Period, a time in English history when the monarchy, which had been in exile, was briefly restored to rule. It is a classic...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2007 12:48 am UTC

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In William Congreve's play The Way of the World Mirabell and Millamant, the main characters of the story, realize their feelings for each other after Mirabell completes the verses from Suckling...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2011 5:11 am UTC

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This is a brilliant question to consider, as actually so many of the central characters are shown to be incredibly selfish and acting for their own interests, and even characters that we like and...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 3:00 pm UTC

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The Way of the World

William Congreve`s The Way of the World is normally considered a leading example of the genre of the comedy of manners. It belongs to a category known as Restoration Drama, i.e. plays written...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012 6:05 pm UTC

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Even so sir; 'tis the Way of the World. William Congreve's 1700 comedy is considered one of the greatest plays from the Restoration era, even though it was not a success in its initial...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2020 3:55 pm UTC

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It would be somewhat unfair to deem Lady Wishfort "repulsive" because she does change towards the end of the play. She shows some positive qualities and she also proves to have her maternal...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2011 12:42 am UTC

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The Way of the World is indeed a great success, not only as a play in general, but also as a Restoration comedy. A restoration comedy is a play that was written during the Restoration period. The...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 1:06 pm UTC

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The Way of the World

There are a number of important issues in the play The Way of the World. As was typical for a restoration comedy, the author, William Congreve, tries to poke fun at society through his play. This...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020 11:08 am UTC

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Congreve's comedy of manners The Way of the World is quite illustrative of its genre in that it uses salient character traits to portray a so-called fashionable upper class society which is...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012 5:24 pm UTC

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Mrs. Millamant quotes liberally from Suckling and Waller, as they perfectly express her profound cynicism concerning love and marriage. In the words of Suckling, "There never yet was woman made/Nor...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 6:31 am UTC

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The Way of the World was first performed in 1700, meaning that though it comes within the Restoration period, the Restoration itself was, by this time, a distant historical event which had occurred...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 1:35 am UTC

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The Way of the World

The Way of the World is a play by William Congreve. It was first put on stage in 1700. It follows the couple Mirabell and Millamant, who want to get married. This play shows very clearly the role...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 8:07 am UTC

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In William Congreve's The Way of the World the aspect of Mirabell's behavior that suggests that he is "reformed" is that he seems to be finally able to have feelings, true feelings, for only one...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2011 5:18 am UTC

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This quote is uttered by Millamant in Act IV scene 4 and is said to Sir Wilfull Witwoud as he describes how he has sought a walk with Millamant. The irony of this quote taken in context is that in...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 1:54 pm UTC

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The Way of the World

In his classic Restoration comedy, The Way of the World, the English playwright William Congreve excels at portraying characters in all their contradictions and complexities. In his world, nobody...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2020 11:36 pm UTC

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