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Blithe Spirit written by Noel Coward was first published in 1941 Noel Coward was known for his sophisticated comedies of modern life Seymour Smith 261 It is sophisticated yet hilarious to the readers Seymour and Smith stated that Cowards plays are within their admittedly-but unashamedly-extremely narrow limits accurate truthful cynical and funny261 It is one of the greatest farces ever writtenBlithe Spirit is the story of Charles Condomine who loses his wife Elvira at a young age Charles remarries a lady named Ruth The couple decides to have a sance to get some ideas for a novel that Charles is in the process of writing After the sance is complete Elviras spirit is conjured up and only Charles can see her Ruth thought he had gone mad and she was quite perturbed with him Eventually Elvira reveals herself to Ruth by moving objects in front of her Elvira decides that she wants Charles to be in the spirit world with her Thus she tries to kill him in numerous ways Elvira tampers with the brakes on Charles car but Ruth takes the car that morning and dies in an accident Now Charles is faced with two spirits talking to him and he calls on Madame Arcati to help him get rid of the two spirits Madame Arcati is the woman who performed the sance in the beginning Later Charles finds out that Edith a servant can see the two spirits Once Madame Arcati knows that Edith can see the spirits she realizes that Edith is the source to get rid of them Madame Arcatis sance does not work so Charles decides to take a trip away from the house He gets in his car and it crashes at the bridgeThis drama is one of the greatest farces because every one acts seriously in funny situations For example when Madame Arcati is about to start the first sance she steps outside and talks to the birds
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