The school for scandal is a comedy of manners, a play satirizing the behavior and customs of upper classes through witty dialogue and an intricate plot with comic situations that expose various shortcomings of the characters. In general, the characters consist of stock types—such as the bore, the flirt, the gossip, the wastrel, the rich uncle, etc.—Rather than individuals with unique qualities. Comedies of manners in sheridan’s time typically avoided the romantic sentimentality that characterized many other stage dramas of the 18th century. In this play, the author mainly satirizes malicious gossip and hypocrisy in the fashionable society of London at that time. The school for scandal is one of the most engaging high comedies in the English language, a work which according to hazlitt, “has a genial spirit of frankness and generosity about it.”.
The School For Scandal
- Publisher : Peacock Books; First edition (1 January 2019); Atlantic Publishers & Distributors Pvt Ltd
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 106 pages
- ISBN-10 : 8124802971
- ISBN-13 : 978-8124802977
- Item Weight : 159 g
- Dimensions : 18 x 12.5 x 1.1 cm
- Country of Origin : India
About the Author
Richard Sheridan, an Irish playwright, poet and long-term owner of the London Royal Theatre, Drury Lane, is best remembered as the author of two comedies—The School for Scandal and The Rivals. His comedies show a reaction against the sentimental comedy which had dominated the English theatre for much of the 18th century.