To What Extent Do You Agree That Guare Uses the Features of a Comedy of Manners to Present a Critical View of Late 20th Century Society in Six Degrees of Separation? Essay

1488 WordsFeb 11, 20156 Pages
To what extent do you agree that Guare uses the features of a Comedy of Manners to present a critical view of late 20th Century Society in Six Degrees of Separation? Guare uses a comedy of manners through Six Degrees to satirise the attitudes and behaviour of the upper class of New Yorkers to humiliate and shock the more discerning members of his audience by making the play “Disturbing yet poignant”1. Using “A flamboyant display of witty, blunt sexual dialogue” and farce which as the epicenter of this wise and humane drama. Ensuring its appeal to his “Liberal upper-middle class audiences”2 the method carefully disguise the mocking of this segment of society. Guare uses “cultural criticism in the late 20th century: aesthetic value and judgment, the social contexts of cultural practice, the role of intellectuals and artists, and the structures of literary and artistic authority”3 to influence and discreetly mock the upper-class 20th century society as a whole. Money and status is at the centre of “artistic authority” represented by the Kittredges and Guare uses that as a focal point throughout the play. Ouisa’s constant repetition of the word “Rich” in the play shows that their friendships with people are shallow and superficial and they only want more money. The constant reference to “two million dollars” is just another reminder that Guare creates a character like Geoffrey to be used and exploited just for his wealth. Even though the couples say “two million dollars” is “superfluous,” they keep talking about the money and “the elephants” which further references the “two million dollars. Geoffrey, a very pompous person, also becomes fond of Paul only because he thinks of the possibility of Black American Film Festival in South Africa, which he could use to further his position in the social echelons. Guare uses inanimate material possessions (which cost lots of

More about To What Extent Do You Agree That Guare Uses the Features of a Comedy of Manners to Present a Critical View of Late 20th Century Society in Six Degrees of Separation? Essay

Open Document