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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John Aubrey ‘s claim that Morose was modeled on Elizabethan businessman Thomas Sutton is no longer credited. He also tells Morose to kill himself instead of getting married.

Worst for Morose, Epicene quickly epicoenw herself as a loud, nagging mate. The cleverly twisted plot was contrived to skewer a broad swath of social pretensions and customs in Jacobean England.


Use dmy dates from August Use British English from August Articles needing additional references from April All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Siddons, however, was directly associated with the play’s departure from the stage. Unlike many of William Shakespeare ‘s plays, which would have been performed in the open aired Globe Theatrethis play’s reliance on controlled epicowne would have required that it be performed in a small, contained venue like the Whitefriars Theatre.

She yells at him in front of Truewit and his friends and she tells him he’s sullying her image. 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.


Arbella Stuartwho complained of a personal reference to a recent intrigue involving the prince of Moldavia. Epicene is in complete contrast to what Morose thought her to be.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Hypocrisy, venality and marriage are just some of ro topics lampooned here. But Scott Ferrara and Daniel Breaker are tiresome as the two tricksters. Little heed is now given to the Victorian critic F. Women take a particularly vicious drubbing.

He thinks that he will marry with Epicene and then disinherit Dauphine. He hiers two Lawyers, but they the men of Dauphine. Plays by Ben Jonson plays English plays Comedy plays. Winston Duke has had quite a year.

Retrieved from ” https: Please fill out this field with valid email address. Naomi Jacobson, Nikki E. This section needs additional citations for verification. Van Griethuysen, clad in enormous slippers and cushioned night coat, is every bit the demented bachelor.

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But a circus of pranksters, fops and other quirky denizens turns the scheme upside down. Whatever trouble this complaint may have caused was apparently smoothed over by Stuart’s subsequent marriage to William Seymour.

A few centuries later it registers as a mildly amusing period piece. Bonnell Tylerechoing Reformation comments on the play, condemned Epiccoene as ludicrously unnatural, and other reviewers were no kinder. A trial is carried out in which no substantial proofs are found on the divorce can be given. Morose soon regrets his wedding day, as ot house is invaded by a charivari consisting of Dauphine, Truewit, and Clerimont; a bear warden named Otter and his wife; two stupid knights La Foole and Daw ; and an assortment of Collegiates.


The house is overrun with noise and clamor, od to Morose’s chagrin. Works by Ben Jonson. Resurrected by the Shakespeare Theater, it’s being played to the maniacal hilt in a typically lavish production by Michael Kahn.

Jonson hinted to William Drummond that the play failed; he mentioned certain verses calling the title appropriate, since the audience had remained silent at the end. The play was first performed by Blackfrairs Children, a group of boy players in Years later, however, John Dryden and others championed it, and after the Restoration it was frequently revived— Samuel Pepys refers to a performance on 6 Julyand places it among the first plays legally performed after Charles II’s accession.

This choice—and the production as a whole—received unanimous critical epivoene. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Excluding slent two prologues epioene, the play is written entirely in prose. The play premiered at the Whitefriars Theatre in either December or Januaryand was originally performed by the Children of the Queen’s Revels. Morose, has a natural hatred for noise. Kahn has clearly tried hard, silet too hard, to compensate by cranking up the clownishness full tilt.

Finally, Dauphine promises to reveal grounds to end the marriage if Morose agrees to give him his inheritance.