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John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont's satire on the upper class women of the elizabethan age through the collabolator's the scornful lady and Fletcher's rule a wife and have a wife

Rahayu, Lilik (1997) John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont's satire on the upper class women of the elizabethan age through the collabolator's the scornful lady and Fletcher's rule a wife and have a wife. Bachelor thesis, Petra Christian University.

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Abstract

John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont are two of the giants of the Elizabethan dramatists during the Elizabethan Age in England. During that time, women , especially the upper class women, have more liberty that women from the previous period. This can be noticed clearly by both Fletcher and Beaumont since both come from upper class families. Therefore, they write plays, in the form of comedies, to satirise the Elizabethan upper class women. Their collaboration work, The Scornful Lady and Fletcher's Rule a Wife and Have a Wife best represent their intention in satirising Elizabethan rich women. In both plays, matrimonial life is regarded as a way to dominate the other sex by the female characters. Lady , in the former play, wants to dominate her suitor, Elder Loveless. Therefore she often mocks him in order to show her superiority in front of him. On the other hand, in the later play, Margarita wants to preserve her status as a lady. Therefore, she looks for a lifetime partner who will be willing to serve her. As a result, she commands and rules Leon, the major male character, in order to dominate her. Thus, Elder Loveless and Leon react against women's superiority and they succeed in defeating women in the end. Both the ma)or female characters represent the Elizabethan upper class women who have much liberty. On the other hand, the male characters are Beaumont's and Fletcher's spokesmen. Beaumont and Fletcher want to return to the standard norms which exist in the society.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor)
Uncontrolled Keywords: elizabethan dramatists, elizabethan age, form of comedies, matrimonial life, female characters
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Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 18:48
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2011 17:05
URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/2493

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