The enjoyment of the senses (The restoration of the Stuart dynasty (marked…
The enjoyment of the senses
The restoration of the Stuart dynasty
marked a decisive reaction
against Puritan morals,
Theatre was made
Restoration theatres were
roofed and artificially lit with candles
The period witnessed the advent of
actresses playing female roles;
actors and actresses became
professional and were tied
to the theatre
by a contract
belonged to the nobility.
People used to go to the theatre not only to see brilliant comedies
but also to meet other people.
The best literary expression
of Restoration Drama
‘Comedy of Manners’.
It had a witty and
amoral couple at its centre.
a new type of male
character was created:
the ‘fop’, opposed to the ‘gallant’, or ‘fortunate lover’,
who was generally elegant, witty, but cynical.
The use of prose dialogue
the other realistic element s was the theme of the pursuit of sex and money.
Ben Jonson was the
The comedies of the French Moliére
were admired and imitated by
There was also a Spanish influence, since
and the Italian