A Comparative Study of Congreve's "The Way of the World" and Sheridan's "The School for Scandal"

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|A Comparative Study of Congreve’s THE WAY OF THE WORLD and Sheridan’s THE SCHOOL FOR |
|SCANDAL |

Submitted by: Name:Aishwarya Bhardwaj Roll no.:5869 Restoration Comedy is genre of drama ,better known as the Comedy of Manners, as it deals with the externals of life in upper class society, interested in the fashions of time, its manners, its speech, its interests. The scenes are set in the parlours, coffee houses, streets and gardens of London. The characters are chiefly the people of fashion. The theme mostly is love intrigue developed with clever dialogue. Social conventions are accepted, at least the conventions of courtly life and aristocratic society, but they are sometimes played with and made to appear ridiculous. Wit and clever dialogue, in which indecent thought come before everything. William Congreve, an English playwright brought to perfection what is commonly termed the Artificial Comedy or the Comedy of manners. The Way of the World is the supreme example of the genre.

Comedy of Manners is a genre same as Restoration Comedy but it differs in one aspect only that is of immoral and licentious behavior which is absent in the Comedy of Manners. Richard Sheridan, an English dramatist also wrote comedy of manners and his drama The School for Scandal is a famous example of this genre.

A close reading of both The Way of the World(1700) and The School for Scandal (1777) reveals that both comparable in terms of the plot, setting, scenes as they are many similarities as discussed further.

The social code of the age is based on the worldliness and materialism and it is reflected in both…...

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