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A Bold Stroke for a Wife
April 12, 2007, 12:42 pm
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I found this play very interesting and funny.  It was really quick to read (which is always a good thing) and not very complicated.  I also liked the characters in this play.  Having to change his persona’s in order to trick the guardians into liking him to get the woman he wanted to marry.  It reminded me of another story I had read where the woman continued to change who she was to get the attention of a man.  I like how the Colonel wanted to be with Mrs. Lovely and he was committed to the relationship.  It’s obvious he wanted her money as-well but in other plays we have read men want more than one woman and cannot be happy unless they can “Rove” from woman to woman.

Money has been a common problem for many of the characters in the plays we have been reading.  Its a driving force for the characters leading them to do things they would not normally do.  Obviously money is very important and is still very important to people today.  I have to ask myself if she really loved him and her guardians would not let her marry him would she run away and marry him anyway without the money? When I think of story’s about love like Romeo and Juliet or Pride and Prejudice they love each other and want to be together no matter what the consequences are.  In the plays we have been reading love doesn’t really mean anything in a marriage and this is kind of disappointing to me!



Love at a Loss
April 11, 2007, 11:30 pm
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This play is very similar to the play’s we have read so far in the stock characters and the theme of marriage.  Again we see marriage being viewed as a man’s way of controlling the women and the women definitely had to be subservient to the men in the role of a wife.  Marriage in these plays are not entered into on the basis that you love someone, instead it is avoided because its a symbol of control of the feminine.  Miranda does not want to marry Constant because  she does not want to be under the control of a man.  She wants to be able to live her life freely seeing whom she wants!  Also Beaumine does not want to marry Lesbia because he too does not want to be tied down to only one woman (what a crazy idea!!).  Most of the men we have seen thus far in the play have enjoyed the idea of being able to have lots of women whenever they want them.  Compared to the women of the “Rover” Lesbia is a very subservient woman marring a man only because society tells her to!  This play was not exactly my favorite yet voting on who marry’s who is an interesting idea!



The Way of the World
March 5, 2007, 4:52 pm
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This play was probably one of the most confusing plays we have read up to this point.  It was really hard to keep all of the characters straight and what they were all trying to accomplish.  Lady Wishfort was an interesting character and she brought alot of life into the play.  She is so rude to her servant in the beginning of Act 3.  In the play she says “Grant me patience! I mean the Spanish paper, idiot.  Complexion darling.  Paint, paint, paint, dost thou understand that, changeling, dangling thy hands like bobbins before thee” (Congreve, Act 3, Lines 11-15).  She is also so focused on keeping Mirabell away from all of her money she gets herself into trouble almost marrying the wrong man.  Another thing I found interesting about Lady Wishfort is that she is really concerned about her public appearance. Again in Act 3 she says “I look like an old peeled wall.  Thou must repair me, Foible, before Sire Rowland comes, or I shall never keep up to my picture” (Act 3, Lines 152-154).  She has to look her best for this man she is supposed to be married to. 

I liked the characters of Mirabell and Millamant (putting aside the fact that he has slept with many different women).  If they love each other then why do they need to fight with the old woman to get the money.  If Lady Wishfort had gotten married I supect Millamant would have married another man and she and Mirabell would have been broken up.  If they had loved each other enough they would have let the old woman have her money and it could have been a happily ever after without all the blackmail and bribery!



The Rover
February 6, 2007, 12:47 pm
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This was a much longer play than the last couple that we have read but it was an interesting play.  The issue of sex and gender comes up alot in this play.  The women in the play are strong women that go for what they want but they are also at the will of their family.  In the case of Hellena she is being forced to join a convent when she is in love with Willmore.  Obviously not the best man to fall in love with.  She stands up for what she wants and against the wishes of her family she ends up marrying Willmore.  Florinda is dealing with an arranged marriage where she must marry Vincentio while she is in love with Belvile.  Again her father and brother govern over all of her decisions but she fights back and ends up marrying the man she loves.  Then there is Angellica who has complete control over her life as a courtesan.  She is able to choose her protector and she is looking for a rich man who will be able to support her.  Her role is kind of reversed.  Normally it is the men who are looking for a companion who is rich.  Also Angellica points out in the play that it is ok for men to ask women for money before becoming involved but it is not ok for women to ask men for money before becoming involved.

As for is Aphra Behn a feminist and did she change things for women I would say yes.  The women in her play stood up for what they wanted.  There was a time when a woman would not even dream about arguing with her brother about wether she was to go to a convent or marry for love.  The women in the play fight for what they want and in the end they get it.  Angellica also has control over her life until she falls in love.  Before she could pick who she wanted to be her protector.  No one told her what to do she decided for herself.  By putting these strong female characters in her plays Aphra Behn changed how women thought about their lives.



February 1, 2007, 3:46 pm
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I found the “Country Wife” much easier to read and less complicating than the last play.  The story line was much easier to follow and as we mentioned in class you already know the characters.  Again the men talked about women like they are a commodity and wanted more than one.  I found in this play there were women who were loud and went for what she wanted but there were also women who were much more quite and reserved.  The character of Alithea was completly ready to marry her fiance when she wasn’t truly in love with him.  Then there was Margery who was ready to leave Mr. Pinchwife in a heart beat for the man she loved.   Theres women of both extremes in this play. 

Also watching the play on tv helped me to understand the comedy.  Mabye it’s today’s society but reading the play I did not find it that funny.  Their gestures and costumes in the play is what made it funny to watch but just reading it I don’t picture the characters to act like that.  Anyways not my favorite play I’ve ever read but interesting just the same!



Marriage A La Mode
January 25, 2007, 8:23 pm
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In this play men and women have very different relationships than what we have in today’s society.  The women are like commodities and the men can’t seem to have enough women to satisfy their needs.  In the play Palamede says “is living upon cordials, but as fast as one fails, you must supply it with another” (Lines 185-186).  The men get married and then like a game they take on as many mistresses as they can without getting caught.  I found it interesting how the women play the game aswell.  In the first scene when Doralice and Palamede are talking about their “arrangement”  she fully admitts that she is married to another but will engage in activites with Palamede.  She goes on to tell him that she will be his as long as he is not married.  Women are very active in the play and just as much as the men put their wives down the women do the same.  In the play Doralice says “thou art the dullest husband.  Thou art never to be provoked” (Act 3 Scene 1 Lines 48-49). 

I found the tragic plot line more enjoyable than the comic one.  It seemed to be true love and they had passion for each other whereas in the comic plot they just seemed to be doing whatever they wanted to do.



Back to Blogging
January 14, 2007, 11:26 pm
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