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MonkeyNotes-The Way of the World by William Congreve
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Themes

Major Theme

The major theme is indicated by Congreve in the title itself. The
phrase, the way of the world, indicates that life is filled with
unsavory and sordid facts and humorous follies, even in the
proper eighteenth-century society depicted in the play.

Minor Themes

Several minor Themes pervade the play. There is the romantic
theme of the hero who proves his worth and finally wins the fair
heroine. The importance of money to matters of love is another
theme that is developed. The play also provides a positive
picture of youth, in comparison to age.



Mood

As the play focuses on the exposure of follies, the mood is
tinged with satire. Even though the play ends happily, a feeling
of uncertainty predominates most of the action, and the villainy
of the antagonists even creates moments of darkness in the play.

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