Analysing the themes used by William Congreve in “The Double Dealer”, “Love for Love” and “The Way of the World"

Sangramsinh Satishsinh Hajari


William Congreve was an English dramatist who shaped the English comedy of manners through his brilliant comic dialogue, his satirical portrayal of the war of the sexes, and his ironic scrutiny of the affectations of his age. Taking as its main theme the manners and behaviour of the class to which it was addressed, that is, the anti-puritanical theatre audience drawn largely from the court, his plays dealt with imitators of French customs, conceited wits, and fantastic people of all kinds; but its main theme was the sexual life led by a large number of courtiers, with their philosophy of freedom and experimentation. Congreve placed great importance on character sketches and the themes of role playing, conditional love, mingled with the love for money and the need for intrigues in almost every facet of life, as can be seen through the plays “The Double Dealer”, “Love for Love” and “The Way of the World”.


restoration comedy, dramatic representations, gallery of portraits, intrigues, role playing, comedy of manners, satirical, objective rationalism, unity of time, space and action.

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• Congreve, William. Love for Love. New York: A & C Black Ltd. 2000. Print.

• Congreve, William. The Double Dealer. London: Martin Wotherspoon. 1768. Print.

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• Macaulay, Thomas Babington. The Comic Dramatists of the Restoration. London: Longman, Brown, Greene and Longman; 1853. Print.


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