Epicœne; or, The Silent Woman: fable, parable, and allegory: Diversity of media: affect personality: in Jonson’s play Epicoene; or, The Silent Woman (). EPICOENE; OR, THE SILENT WOMAN. BY BEN JONSON. INTRODUCTION. THE greatest of English dramatists except Shakespeare, the first literary dictator. Morose has heard of a soft-voiced woman, extremely frugal of speech, and has negotiated with his silent barber, Cutbeard, to arrange a meeting, possibly even.

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The bachelor, Morose Ted Van Griethuysenis so averse to noise that he covers his house with mattresses, and he selects his wife because she appears to be shy and untalkative. The play influenced at ro two minor plays before the interregnum: Epicene is in complete contrast to what Morose thought her to be. Cutbeard presents Morose with a young and supposedly silent woman to marry. Jonson hinted to William Drummond that the play failed; he mentioned certain verses calling the title appropriate, since the audience siletn remained silent at the end.

Epicœne; or, The Silent Woman

Points to remember Morose wants to disinherit his Nephew, Dauphine He marries to Epicene The drama is staged by Dauphine, but Morose does not know Epicene is not a women but a boy in costume Dilent reveals it, on a financial agreement with Morose.

The play takes place in Londonprimarily in the home of Morose.

A trial is carried epucoene in which no substantial proofs are found on the divorce can be given. The situation becomes tense for the Morose. Van Griethuysen, clad in enormous slippers and cushioned night coat, is every bit the demented bachelor.


The couple are married despite the well-meaning interference of Dauphine’s friend Truewit. Kahn has clearly tried hard, perhaps too hard, to compensate by cranking up the clownishness full tilt.

Epicoene or the Silent Woman. David Savin is just right as the battered husband to his effectively shrewish wife, Nancy Robinette. Retrieved 23 March While most details of characterization and plot are his own invention, the scenario originates from two epicoehe by Libanius: You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. Sklent Jonson considered the first performance of the play as a failure, however later it was championed by the writers like John Dryden and others.

Morose, has a natural hatred for noise.

Whatever trouble this complaint may have caused was apparently smoothed over by Stuart’s subsequent marriage to William Seymour. Windows and doors seemingly pop out of nowhere. They talk about how women can use sex to control their husbands. He thinks that he will marry with Epicene and then disinherit Dauphine.

Can old complaints be forgot? This page was last edited on 5 Octoberat He owman made plans to disinherit his nephew Dauphine by marrying. Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup.

Epicoens material may be challenged and removed. Directed by Michael Kahn. He also tells Morose to kill himself instead of getting married.

But Dauphinehas other plans in his mind, infect he himself has arranged the match for him, for his own purpose. Fleay’s hypothesis soman Jonson himself played Morose.


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Since Morose can no more bear his wife Epicene, he agrees with what Dauphine says. Winston Duke has had quite a year. Pepys saw the play again in Januarywith Edward Kynaston in the title role.

He hiers two Lawyers, but they the men of Dauphine. She is intimidating epivoene in charge of domestic resources.

Finally, the comic duel between La Foole and Daw is usually seen as an echo of the mock-duel between Viola and Aguecheek in Shakespeare ‘s Twelfth Night. Hypocrisy, venality and marriage are just some of the topics lampooned here. The cleverly twisted plot was contrived to skewer a broad swath of social pretensions and customs in Jacobean England.

This can ro seen through the play’s use of Latin phrases, which would have required the audience to possess advanced education in order to understand all of the jokes and references.

Epicoene or The Silent Woman

Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain. He epiicoene her not to succumb to the temptations of the court and tells her about the virtues of silence. John Aubrey ‘s claim that Morose was modeled on Elizabethan businessman Thomas Sutton is no longer credited.