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The School for Husbands   By: (1622-1673)

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The School for Husbands by Unknown is a thought-provoking and highly entertaining piece of literature. This timeless classic explores the intricacies of marriage and the roles played by husbands in a humorous and insightful way.

The story revolves around two brothers, Sganarelle and Ariste, who have contrasting views on the institution of marriage. Sganarelle believes that wives should be submissive and obedient, while Ariste advocates for equality and mutual respect between spouses. As per their father's will, the two men find themselves in charge of educating their young wards, Isabella and Léonor, respectively. This premise sets the stage for a series of amusing and often absurd situations.

Throughout the book, the author skillfully crafts a narrative that highlights the follies of extreme viewpoints and the importance of open-mindedness in relationships. The character development is truly remarkable, as each protagonist undergoes a significant transformation. Sganarelle's rigid mindset clashes with Isabella's strong-willed nature, leading to hilarious misunderstandings and conflicts. Similarly, Ariste's patience is tested by Léonor's rebellious streak. These interactions are not only comic but also provide deeper insights into the dynamics of marriage and the evolution of gender roles.

Additionally, the author's use of witty language and clever dialogue adds another layer of enjoyment to the reading experience. Through the characters' conversations, the audience is exposed to various perspectives on love, marriage, and the complexities of human relationships. The dialogue is fast-paced and engaging, keeping readers hooked from start to finish.

One aspect that stands out is the author's ability to address serious themes while still maintaining a lighthearted tone. Beneath the humor lies a profound critique of societal expectations, gender norms, and the power dynamics within relationships. By presenting extreme caricatures of contrasting viewpoints, the reader is encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs and consider a more balanced approach.

Despite its age, The School for Husbands remains relevant and insightful even in today's society. The exploration of gender dynamics and the struggles faced by individuals in navigating intimate relationships resonates deeply with contemporary audiences. This, along with the amusing and well-crafted narrative, ensures that the book stands the test of time.

In conclusion, The School for Husbands is a delightful work of literature that masterfully intertwines comedy and social commentary. The unknown author's wit and skill in addressing complex themes make this book a true gem. Whether you are seeking laughter, introspection, or both, this timeless classic is a must-read.

First Page:

L'ÉCOLE DES MARIS.

COMÉDIE.

THE SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS.

A COMEDY IN THREE ACTS.

( THE ORIGINAL IN VERSE .)

INTRODUCTORY NOTICE.

The School for Husbands was the first play in the title of which the word "School" was employed, to imply that, over and above the intention of amusing, the author designed to convey a special lesson to his hearers. Perhaps Molière wished not only that the general public should be prepared to find instructions and warnings for married men, but also that they who were wont to regard the theatre as injurious, or at best trivial, should know that he professed to educate, as well as to entertain. We must count the adoption of similar titles by Sheridan and others amongst the tributes, by imitation, to Molière's genius.

This comedy was played for the first time at Paris, on the 24th of June, 1661, and met with great success. On the 12th of July following it was acted at Vaux, the country seat of Fouquet, before the whole court, Monsieur, the brother of the King, and the Queen of England; and by them also was much approved. Some commentators say that Molière was partly inspired by a comedy of Lope de Vega. La Discreta enamorada , The Cunning Sweetheart; also by a remodelling of the same play by Moreto, No puede ser guardar una muger , One cannot guard a woman; but this has lately been disproved... Continue reading book >>




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