Comedy Of Manners Analysis

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Abstract Lady Markby. [Genially.] Ah, nowadays people marry as often as they can, don't they? It is most fashionable. (An Ideal Husband , 1.38) The above statement from the play An Ideal Husband is an example of comedy of manners. It is funny because Lady Markby said that marrying is fashionable. The above statement is the combination of wit and satire. These types of humour are called Comedy of Manners. Introduction Comedy of Manners is regarded as high comedy because it consists of a sophisticated wit and talent in the writing of the script. The comedy of manners is an entertainment form which satirizes the manners and affectations of a social classes, often represented by stereotypical stock characters. This study is to identify the similarities and differences between comedy of manners in English and in Vietnamese.…show more content…
A pun is a play on a word's meaning or it may be a homophone (a word that sounds like another word with a different meaning, like the words 'eight' and 'ate'). Shakespeare used puns and wordplay to engage the audience as well as reveal his characters' attitudes and feelings. Shakespeare wrote some great puns in Romeo and Juliet (Act III scene I) Mercutio: "Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man." The pun is on the word "grave". Grave’s meaning is serious, but in this case, it ,means dead. When Mercutio says something about finding him a “grave man” tomorrow, he means he is going to die. (Act I scene IV) Mercutio: “Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance.” Romeo: “Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.” Context: Romeo is reluctant to attend a party because he is suffering from a broken heart. Romeo has used the word "sole" to refer to Mercutio's shoes and also to refer to his own "soul". (Act I scene
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