Engl3700: Restoration and 18th-Century literature, February 14.docx
University of Lethbridge
February 14, 2014 – English (Happy Valentine’s Day!)
Opportunity to participate: Discussion groups
• If Melantha is the most comic character, who do you think is the most tragic?
o Someone in the heroic plot line, Amalthea loves the prince and doesn’t get a
happy ending. The woman the King wants the prince to marry. Unrequited love in
the woman (turning around the role). Language suggests that she is so in love.
Can’t live without him, let herself waste away. P.50 – her final speech, (pairing
with what she said in act 4) going to go to a convent and wait for death.
o Almost death of Palmara, constantly being tested by fate. Was going to be set on
a boat with food for 3 days then she would starve.
• Is there evidence that suggests Doralice and Rhodophil were ever in love?
o There was lust but he got bored. Recognizes her virtues but is bored. Lasted
longer than expected! Obsession with variety is his character (Rhodophil).
Attraction and lust, not transcending love that is evident in the tragic plot. Life
energy/procreation vs. sacrifice/transcending love.
o Evidence: at the ball Rhodophil couldn’t recognize Doralice, so easily deceived
by appearances proving that it wasn’t transcending love because it is swayed by
o Suggesting that there are different types of love not only the love at first sight.
• Is the ending realistic? Poison dripping down from the usurper and poisoned all the other
plots when the rightful king receives his crown all the plots fall back into order.
o Comic: adultery is suspended but never occurs. Everything goes back to normal,
individuals reaffirming their marriage. Return to convention, r