Women in Works of Wycherley and Shakespeare
Explores the role of women in in the plays "The Country Wife" by William Wycherley and "Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.
# 37586 | 1,025 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Nov 11, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Shakespeare (Midsummer Night's Dream) , Women Studies (General)
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This paper compares and contrasts the two different central female characters in the plays "The Country Wife" by William Wycherley and "Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare. The paper examines the differences in the way these female characters are treated to demonstrate how social conventions, and social prejudices are played upon in order to create humor.
From the Paper:"In Wycherley's work, Margery (or Mrs. Pinchwife) does not have the 'sophistication' of a city woman, and this is one of the reasons that her husband shelters her from any interaction with city men. His fear is that she will make him a cuckold, for he assumes that given her background and the nature of certain city men, such a result is inevitable. As things turn out, Mr. Pinchwife's fears are confirmed; this arises, however, partly because he is so overprotective of his wife. By shutting her away, he makes her more curious about the outside world and how it might entertain her. The shameless Mr. Horner takes full advantage of the circumstances that develop.
"Because Margery eventually does become an adulteress, or at least an aspiring one, her role in Wycherley's play is to reinforce the notion of women's inherent lustfulness and infidelity. This is so even though the play is a comedy, and the laughter seems to let a societal prejudice against women be nakedly expressed. Margery ends up doing exactly what her suspicious husband dreads most - falling in love with a scurrilous rival, even though she is already married."
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