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Jenica Henry Honors English22-001 Dr Ross Wheeler Paper1 Draft 1 The Way of the World is a comedy of manners in five acts by William Congreve Performed and published in 1700 the play ridicules the assumptions that governed the society of his time especially those concerning love and marriage The plot concerns the efforts of the lovers Millamant and Mirabell to obtain the permission of Millamants aunt Lady Wishfort for their marriage Despite a scheme that goes wrong and after several misunderstandings are cleared up the two finally obtain her consent This essay will discuss the actions of Mrs Marwood Though she is a minor character her motives in the play lead her to help in the distruction of Mirabells scheme In the second act we find that Mrs Fainall and Mrs Marwood both hate men As they begin to conspire we see Marwoods manipulative abilities going to work convincing Mrs Fainall that she should divorce her husband In Public the Fainalls seem to get along they even seem to be able to tolerate one another However following their short interactions both husband and wife go off with a lover either past or present Fainall went off with Mrs Marwood the woman he loves and Mrs Fainall went off with Mirabell one of her long time lovers before her marriage This pairing off did not truly bother either of the Fainalls in that since niether loved the other they did not feel loyal to each other Their marrage was based solely on image and in no way love Therefore they did not feel guilty about being with the person they loved most in the world Through these conversations the plot to wed Mirabell and Millamant is revealed to the audience This seems to be a long and intricate plan with a lot of things depending on the reactions of Lady Wishfort and the secrecy of the plot Unfortunately Mrs Marwood sees
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