The Gentleman Usher Essay - Critical Essays

George Chapman


(Critical Survey of Literature, Revised Edition)

Though not the equal of Shakespeare’s great comedies, THE GENTLEMAN USHER approaches them in richness and variety. Delightful comic scenes are interwoven with the serious story of a father and son’s rivalry for a young girl. The play contains a wide range of successful characterizations; among them, the figure of Bassiolo, the self-satisfied and gullible usher, is especially memorable. The action, slow in starting, moves rapidly from the middle of the play to the conclusion.