The Critic Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the role of the Muses in the Prologue?

In the Prologue, the Muses are accused of having their purity corrupted by the desire and need to please artistic critics. The speaker of the Prologue claims that the author created the play to chide the Muses for giving in to the critics.

2. Describe Dangle's argument with his wife during breakfast.

During breakfast, Dangle argues with his wife about the theatre. Mrs. Dangle claims that her husband makes himself ridiculous with his passion for the theatre. Dangle defends himself by emphasizing the importance of the theatre.

3. How does Dangle defend himself during his argument with his wife?

During his argument with his wife, Dangle defends himself by quoting Shakespeare and saying that the theatre is important because it reveals the values of the time and its people.

4. How are Dangle's thoughts and actions hypocritical upon Sneer's arrival?

Upon Sneer's arrival, Dangle acts hypocritically by beginning to talk about how much he dislikes Sneer's company, but his tirade ends when Sneer enters the room, and Dangle greets him as though they are great friends and suggests that they attend the first performance of Puff's play together.

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