Popular for its lively characters and its double entendres, the bawdy comedy was occasionally vilified for immorality. Mistress Squeamish enters too late and is disappointed to have missed her opportunity; when Horner and Lady Fidget re-enter, they indicate through double entendres that he is physically depleted. The fops, the wittiness, the cross-dressing, and all of the fancy, stuck up, refined ladies just had to have their way with Horner, who pretty much screws everybody in the story, despite claiming to have had syphilis. This student edition contains a fully annotated version of the playtext in modern spelling. He beliefs that a country wife would be far too stupid to cheat on him and cuckold him. In fact, it didn't become popular again until well into the 20th century. One-- Sparkish-- does everything he can to prove to his fiance that he basically gives her to another man.
Horner advises him to use Sparkish himself as a cover for making advances to Alethea. The method by which I read The Country Wife may have skewed my rating, but I have to say I couldn't have had a better time. Sabin's Pinchwife also evoked sympathy by stressing the age gap between husband and wife and the pathos of. My problem with The Country Wife is that Wycherley's writing has none of the charm of his contemporary, George Etherege. As shown in the opening quotation, the Wife of Bath is not afraid to admit that she had experienced five marriages. I understand this was a misogynistic time but this was quite over the top to be put in writing even for back then. Pinchwife does exactly as his name implies; he tries so hard to keep his innocent wife hidden that she rebels and ends up in an affair with Horner.
The short story the Monkey 's Paw By W. We then learn that Frank Harcourt, one of Horner's friends, is interested in Alithea. As the title suggests, one of the main plot points is the juxtaposition of the country and the city. Alethea Pinchwife: Alithea is the Younger sister of Jack Pinchwife. Summary and Analysis of the plot William Whycherly 's The County Wife is a hilarious comedy about men and women in love and marriage.
Pinchwife, accompanied by Alethea, Harcourt, Sparkish, Lucy, and a parson, wants Horner to attest that Alethea has visited his lodging. Despite the success of the play during the Restoration and well into the 18th century, later more conservative scholars would criticize the play as overly and unnecessarily crude. Even his closest friends do not know the truth. I have very conflicted feelings about this play. Okumayın böyle şeyleri, önermiyorum kimseye :D I had the opportunity to play the role of Dorilant in a staged reading of this play last night February 17, 2013. By contrast, the long-haired wigs of Horner, Harcourt, and Dorilant were straight and straggly, and they wore outfits suitable for a Cavalier fighting force during the Interregnum: relatively plain short jackets and breeches, with high boots instead of stockings, garters, and low-heeled pumps. .
Very clever play that ties these all toget This is a play of three interweaving storylines with a man's ploy to satisfy his lust at the expense of the cuckolds, a woman's fighting her husband to be more cosmopolitan, and her sister's adventures in love. In the next scene, Horner, Harcourt, and Dorilant stand bantering in the New Exchange. Analysis of The Country Wife One of the most significant aspects of this play is the way that it ends; namely, the fact that Horner escapes without his trick ever being fully discovered by the cuckolded husbands. It seems that Horner may be insecure about his relationships with women, and has wittingly devised this scheme to be sure of their feelings for him. In some societies, women can be seen as possessions. All I can do is pray that this play is not chosen for our exam next month.
The two men have reached a stalemate when Margery pokes her head in. Whycherley presents Horner as the most likeable character because he is witty and never jelous. He believes If she is ignorant, she brings value to her husband through fidelity, but if she has wit, she devalues her husband by making him a cuckold. Sir Jasper then enters to inform Horner that Lady Fidget and her friends will soon be arriving. Wycherley cleverly depicts the fruit as symbols of Mr. In viewing her as something that gains value, Sparkish likens her to a treasure at an auction, whose… 1636 Words 7 Pages The Wife of Bath tale, was a turnaround for women and how they are viewed in society and in tales.
I myself have never really liked it. Act 1 Rising Action: The point of the play in which the initial story gets more complicated and the conflict is more revealed. Margery gives her opinion that the parson should marry Horner to her rather than to Alethea. With this freedom in place, Restoration playwrights produced plays that were satirical and distinctly sexual. I've still got one or two coming up, but I thought I'd review this one before I started reading those. Introduction to William Wycherley Although theatre might seem to be a fairly conservative or traditional form of art in contemporary society, its history illustrates that this has not always been so.
Pinchwife, the day before at the theater, Pinchwife becomes uncomfortable and departs. The theater audiences of the Restoration had a far more specific social identity, and the comedies they enjoyed reflect their attitudes and values accordingly. Because of his abusive nature, Margery's affair is not a surprise. Even his closest friends do not know the truth. That's the important thing, nobody gets hurt. His plan is to use this news as a strategy for catching the women off guard. Overall, a very fun read, and I'm sure a joy to see in a live production.
The play humorously ends with a series of brittle lies that prevent Horner from being exposed but don't entirely convince Pinchwife that he is the innocent person he pretends to be. The theater audiences of the Restoration had a far more specific social identity, and the comedies they enjoyed reflect their attitudes and values accordingly. Only a couple of 'em managed to get tickets before the staff mostly gobbled 'em all up. So Horner starts a rumor that he has caught a disease while he was in France. There is a nasty edge in Wycherley's writing that is absent in the work of other Restoration playwrights. Many writers saw the political events that had occurred prior to the Restoration as a result of people taking social conventions too seriously, a belief that is reflected by the fact that the audience cheers for the lying character who humorously steals from the foolish high-class husbands.
These moral virtues represented the degradation of society, rampant with sexual explicitness and… 1347 Words 6 Pages God. Late in the play she articulates a defense of the hypocrisy of high-born ladies. Im London des Jahres 1675 sind Affären an der Tagesordnung, daher sind die Ehemänner ein wenig paranoid, was die Möglichkeit angeht, Hörner aufgesetzt zu bekommen. William Wycherley lived from 1640 to 1715, and earned his reputation as one of the wittiest playwrights in England. Theaters were banned during the puritanism period as the general belief was to discard any sort of fun and enjoyment and that people should live simple lives.