Women Characters of Anti-Sentimental Comedy

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Women Characters of Anti-Sentimental Comedy

  1. 1.  When we discuss about the Anti-sentimental comedy, first we clear the idea about, what is sentimental comedy?  This form becomes popular in 18th century. Sentimental comedy is related to our emotions. It appeals especially to our feelings of sorrow, pity and compassionate sympathy.  Richard Steele was pioneer of sentimental comedy and the best known sentimental comedy is ‘The Conscious Lover’. In contrast ‘anti-sentimental’ comedy returns to comedy of manners. What is Anti-sentimental comedy ? Sentimental Comedy
  2. 2.  An anti-sentimental comedy is also called “Comedy of Manners”. When Sentimental comedy did not last long, that time anti-sentimental comedy was created by “Oliver Goldsmith” and “Richard Sheridan”.  It is an artificial comedy, arose during 18th century. The dramatist of this period wrote plays according to middle class family and their interest.  It is kind of comedy representing complex and sophisticated code of behaviour current in fashionable circles of society, where appearance count for more than true moral character.  Its plot usually revolves around intrigues of lust and greed, the self-interested cynicism of the characters being masked by decorous preteens.  Oliver Goldsmith’s “SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER” and Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s “THE RIVALS”& “SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL “are the Anti-sentimental comedy. Anti- Sentimental Comedy
  3. 3. Characteristic of Anti- Sentimental Comedy Wit Farce Laughter Marriage for love and Money Amusing intrigues Irony on society Characteristic of Anti- Sentimental Comedy
  4. 4. Woman Character of She Stoops to Conquer
  5. 5. Mrs. Hardcastle – Wife to Mr. Hardcastle and mother to Tony, Mrs. Hardcastle is a corrupt and eccentric character. She is an over-protective mother to Tony, whom she loves, but fails to tell him he's of age so that he is eligible to receive £1,500 a year. Her behaviour is either over-the-top or far-fetched, providing some of the play's comedy. She is also partly selfish, wanting Constance to marry her son to keep the jewels in the family; she's blissfully unaware however, that they despise each other, and that Constance is in fact planning to flee to France with Hastings. Mrs. Hardcastle is a contrast to her husband, which provides the humour in the play's opening. She loves the town, and is the only character who's not happy at the end of the play. She stoops to conquer
  6. 6. Miss Kate Hardcastle –  Daughter to Mr. Hardcastle, and the play's stooping-to-conquer heroine.  Kate respects her father, dressing plainly in his presence to please him.  The formal and respectful relationship that she shares with her father, contrasts with that between Tony and Mrs. Hardcastle.  Kate enjoys "French frippery" and the attributes of the town, much as her mother does.  She is both calculating and scheming, posing as a maid and deceiving Marlow, causing him to fall in love with her.
  7. 7. Miss Constance Neville –  Niece of Mrs. Hardcastle, she is the woman whom Hastings intends to court.  Constance despises her cousin Tony, she is heir to a large fortune of jewels, hence her aunt wants her to remain in the family and marry Tony; she is secretly an admirer of George Hastings however.  Neville schemes with Hastings and Tony to get the jewels so she can then flee to France with her admirer; this is essentially one of the sub-plots of She Stoops to Conquer.
  8. 8. Lydia Languish  Lydia Languish, Jack Absolute’s beloved, a girl whose head is so stuffed with the fantastic adventures of popular fictional people that she cannot bear to marry anyone in her own class.  She spurns Jack Absolute when she learns that he is not the penniless Ensign Beverley, but she is greatly impressed when she learns that he is to fight a duel because of her, and he wins her hand. Rivals
  9. 9.  Mrs. Malaprop, Lydia’s aunt, whose eccentric treatment of the English language spawned the word “malapropism.”  She opposes Lydia’s intention to marry Jack, but she drops her objections at last to bask in the high spirits of those whose problems have found happy solutions. Mrs. Malaprop
  10. 10. Maria: Desirable and wealthy young ward of Sir Peter Teazle. She is a woman of principle who refuses to gossip. Lady Teazle: Young wife of Sir Peter. She and her husband have their little spats. When he visits Joseph Surface one day, he discovers his wife hiding behind a screen and at first thinks she has been having an affair with Joseph, whom he now brands as a villain.
  11. 11. Lady Sneerwell: Young widow of a knight. She is attracted to Charles Surface and plots with Joseph Surface to break up Charles and Maria.
  12. 12. THANK YOU

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