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Hay Fever Themes

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Absurdity

Much of the humor in Hay Fever derives from the way Coward's characters, despite being placed in ordinary situations, behave in odd and unexpected ways. These eccentricities make typical interactions seem ridiculous to the viewer. The Bliss family leaps to melodramatic and emotional extremes at the slightest provocation, leaving their guests at a loss for how to respond and highlighting the absurdity of social and romantic conventions that might otherwise be accepted as normal. While Coward's exploration of this theme was primarily in the service of entertainment, there are also elements of social criticism in his mocking of conformity.

Family

In this play, the members of the Bliss family have problematic relationships with outsiders, yet they are able to interact contentedly—if oddly— among themselves. In a reversal of the typical family drama plot, none of the potential romantic connections with their weekend visitors are able to rival...

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