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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Ben Jonson folios English Renaissance theatre. Hypocrisy, venality and marriage are just some of the topics lampooned here.

Ben Jonson considered the first performance of the play as a failure, however later it was championed by the writers like John Dryden and others. Despite these issues, there is ot that the play remained popular, as suggested by a Stationer’s Register entry inwhich indicates the intention to publish a quarto of the play.

I’m officially co-producing this show. Now Morose wants to give divorce to the Epicene.

He thinks that wilent will marry with Epicene and then disinherit Dauphine. 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. Premier Logo Created with Sketch. Bonnell Tylerechoing Reformation epicene on the play, condemned Morose as ludicrously unnatural, and other reviewers were no kinder.


Finally it is, Dauphine, who comes to the rescue of Morose and says that he will provide the reasons for divorce.

Epicoene or The Silent Woman

The play was first performed by Blackfrairs Children, a group of boy players in To combat this, Dauphine concocts a plan with Cutbeard, Morose’s barber. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. At the same time there rhe an alliance of women with intellectual pretensions called the Ladies Collegiates. Winston Duke has had quite a year.


Siddons, however, was directly associated with the play’s departure from the stage. The cleverly twisted plot was contrived to skewer a broad swath of social pretensions and customs in Jacobean England. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

The play has been performed only twice in New York in recent years: Women take a particularly vicious drubbing. A report from the Venetian ambassador shows that at least one person spoke up in response to the play: Numerous alterations to Jonson’s text included giving Dauphine the play’s final words as well as eliminating most of the gulling of Daw and La Foole. Since Morose can no more bear his wife Epicene, he agrees with what Dauphine says.

Plays by Ben Jonson plays English plays Comedy plays. When Morose met Epicene, he tries to find out if she’s really a silent woman, testing her obedience. Political plotting has become a fpicoene pastime in Britain.

John Aubrey ‘s claim that Morose was modeled on Elizabethan businessman Thomas Sutton is no longer credited. That’s my next gig!


Epicœne; or, The Silent Woman

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Mistress Otter has a dominant personality compared to her husband. Desperate for a divorce, Morose consults two lawyers who are actually Dauphine’s friends Cutbeard and Otter in disguisebut they can find no grounds for ending the match. Retrieved woan ” https: This section needs additional citations for verification. Epicpene Shakespeare Theater presentation of a play in two acts by Ben Jonson. The couple are married despite eepicoene well-meaning interference of Dauphine’s friend Truewit.

They are married women that live away from their husbands and speak their minds. This page was last edited on 5 Octoberat He has made plans to disinherit his nephew Dauphine by marrying.

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As the plans of marriage are carried out, True-wit the friend of Dauphine makes interference, he is not happy with the doman however his interference does not prove fruitful the couple is finally married. Finally, Dauphine promises to reveal grounds to end the marriage if Morose agrees to give him his inheritance.

The plan involves setting Morose up to marry Epicoene, a boy disguised as a woman.