The Man of Mode has ratings and 31 reviews. Dominick said: Meh. Perhaps if I had read this through instead of setting it aside periodically, I’d feel. Complete summary of George Etherege’s The Man of Mode. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Man of Mode. Author: Etherege, George, Sir, ? Title: The man of mode, or, Sr. Fopling Flutter a comedy: acted at the Duke’s Theatre / by George Etherege.
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The Man of Mode
Modd Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling geprge about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Man of Mode by George Etherege. Verbal brilliance, urbane sophistication and sexual conquest are the measures of success for the fashionable set who watched themselves being represented on the Restoration stage.
Yet idealisation and satire, as this edition of Etherege’s masterpiece shows, are flip sides of the same coin, and the play betrays deep anxieties about ridicule and social failure. Any London be Verbal brilliance, urbane sophistication and sexual conquest are the measures of success for the fashionable set who watched themselves being represented on the Restoration stage.
Any London beau would emulate Ehterege, the unconscionable rake who loves ’em and leaves ’em, but he would also secretly fear that he in fact resembled Sir Fopling Flutter, the model of all Restoration fops, in his vanity and affectation.
The women fare no better, being offered for identification Dorimant’s discarded mistress Loveit, tue for revenge, or the beautiful but hard-headed Harriet, who dares Dorimant to woo her in the country, for ‘I know all beyond Hyde Park is a desert to you and that no gallantry can draw you farther’.
This edition highlights the very varied critical interpretations to which this rich etheregee episodic comedy has been subject, and makes a case for it as a psychologically astute and brilliantly executed comedy of courtship rituals.
The Role of the Woman in The Man of Mode
Detailed commentary notes are included alongside the play text for easy reference. There is also a list of further reading suggestions to aid research. New Mermaids is a series of over 50 classic plays with an active programme of new editions. Paperbackpages. Published March 31st by Methuen Publishing first published Fhe Comedy Acted at the Duke’s Theater. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other mods questions about The Man of Modeplease sign up.
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etherwge Perhaps if I had read this through instead of setting it aside periodically, I’d feel less puzzled by thhe, but by the end of the last act, I wasn’t entirely sure who was even married to whom. Lots of cynical wit, lots of double-dealing, some disguise, but not much in the way of memorable characters or plot. Aug 16, Nitin Chauhan rated it really liked it Shelves: With striking similarities between the two plays on the level of plot lines, characterisation and milieu, my understanding etheregs this genre in British Literature has been greatly enhanced, of which I shall talk about in the current review.
Firstly, both Wycherley and Etherage come up with dramatic prose and not the much popular dramatic verse of the bygone Elizabethan age. What is more interesting to note is that this prose that they make use of is more natural or colloquial rather than that which is meant for mere affectation, the manner in which it was sometimes use in the earlier periods of English literary history.
Other than this the issue of identity can also be studied in the way that characters are often encountered to complain of the od or rather deteriorating trend in some or all the factors mentioned above. This perhaps could be see as part of either adhering strictly or breaking free entirely and in some cases adapting oneself into accepting some and rejecting some other qualities of both the past and the contemporary age. That the value attributed to morality and indigenous fashion was certainly not etheregee becomes obvious.
The latter is evident in the fact that a lot of focus is seen to have been placed on fashion, not that, however, which had its origin in the native English society but that of France. Especially in The Mpde of Mode we find so many allusions to French manners, French music and dance, French dressing, French writers, French – the language, etc. Even though it was my second reading of the play, the complexity of its plot kept me intrigued till the end. Superabundance of wit ethereve clearly visible in the various scenes where the characters engage in long bouts of repartee.
This is especially true in context of the male members of o English society of that time, though in no way, the dramas suggests, that women — especially those interested — did not partake in using it themselves. Lastly, the complex that the plot and characterisation forms in The Man of Mode does really qualify it to be a typical representative of its genre that abounds in aesthetics and reason both.
With its various characters falling in and falling out of love and good-will with each other the plot, just within the span of five acts, achieves a remarkable unity of time, place and action. This is another selection that I had to read for one of my classes.
I think that my expectations were a little high after reading The Country Wife. I was expecting something more farcical than this. Upon further research, I discovered that it is considered a comedy of manners. The plot fit that style perfectly, but I think it was probably funnier to those people where were alive at the time.
Dorimant is completely unlikeable. Bellinda is one of those types of women who helps a mxn man out o This is another selection that I had to read for one of my classes. Bellinda is one of those types of women who helps a betraying man od of etheregr current relationship all the while expecting him to be true to her. She’s amazed when he ends up forsaking her. Medley had promise, but his wit quickly fizzled out. I am sure at the time he was hilarious, but I couldn’t see it. Sir Fopling was humorous, but mostly because his mannerisms were so affected.
He seemed like the clown of the play. Overall, it was not my favorite play ever. Dec 30, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: Dorimant, an impulsive libertine with a good nature, is determining to abandon his current mistress, Mrs. Loveit, without compromising his plans ethergee gain the favors of her close friend, Bellinda. His strategy involves placing Mrs. Loveit in a compromising beorge, but a newcomer, the attractive, witty Harriet appears to rattle Dorimant like nothing before.
This comedy of manners also has an unexpectedly serious side. Egorge made me love the play and I hope to see it on the stage as soon as possi Mr. It made me love the play and I hope ethereg see it on the stage as soon as possible. May 22, Surreysmum rated it ettherege was ok Shelves: I do like Harriet georgee the most human heroine so far in these 17th-century comedies.
For jode who decide to read this Restoration comedy, allow me to suggest also reading The Libertinea play originally written and performed in the s. The two both center on fictional portrayals of the 2nd Earl of Rochester, with The Man of Mode opting for a more comedic portrayal.
While some of this obtuseness is necessary to make the play work, it also makes Dorimat that much more unlikeable. The play sticks to a common formula for Restoration plays, but the resolution due to aforementioned quirks felt surprisingly unsatisfying and a bit of a joke.
This is not a play that wears its age especially well. But it is veorge reading if also reading The Libertine. Feb 19, Meghan rated it liked it Shelves: Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. A light and witty Restoration comedy. Mar 21, Lizzie rated it it was amazing. Amazingly funny and beautiful reflection of the values of restoration England.
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The above excerpt from this 17th century play sounds like it could have come out of the mouth of Lady Macbeth, however, writing over half a century later, the playwright Etherege had quite a number of different aims in his portrayal of the scorned women.
The political climate of Maj writing was one of libertinism. Charles 1 had been killed and a spirit of puritanism had entertained the interregnum, but with the Restoration seeing Charles II put on the throne, a period of somewhat licentio The above excerpt from this 17th century play sounds like it could have come out of the mouth of Lady Macbeth, however, writing over half a century later, the playwright Etherege had quite a number of different aims in his portrayal of the scorned women.
Charles 1 had been killed and a spirit fhe puritanism had entertained the interregnum, but with the Restoration seeing Charles Gerge put on the throne, a period of somewhat licentious behaviour ensued.
Charles II was known for his many mistresses, and if you’ve ever read any of Rochester’s poetry, you’ll know how, let’s say “saucy” Restoration literature can be! Dorimant, a man of wit, convinces the town that through the contraction of a venereal disease he has become impotent. In this way he can allow men to let him have access to their mwn, believing that he can do them no harm the rogue!
Mrs Loveitt is one of the first to fall under his wiles and realise that she desires him. After this, women seem to keep falling into his trap. Sir Fopling Flutter on the other hand, as his name suggests, is the foppish laughing stock of the play – misplaced attempts at wit, unfashionable clothing and outdated speech make him far less desirable to the women.
The real question of the play is: And by the men or the women of the play? This play really made me think about how restrictive Victorian literature has been on the notion of sexuality, especially female sexuality. All of the women in this play display some level of sexual desire, even omde it is misplaced in this man of supposed impotence.
However, Mrs “Loveitt”s name in particularly gives a slightly negative outlook upon the notion of women chasing after men they desire. The complex natures of the women were also interesting as again, in later English literature this seems to have disappeared a tad. Here the women are at once devious, loving, skeptical, chaste and yet sexual creatures.
I really did not expect to like this as much as I did But the rest was funny and the people really came to life on the page. Loved the witty dialogues! Feb 19, Luke mzn it it was ok Shelves: Second play I read for a Restoration lit class and so far, the plays are okay but not great.