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William Congreve Writing Styles in Love for Love

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Irony

Wit, the skill most valued by the Restoration, depends upon a masterful use of irony if it is to convey an author's message. Many of the characters engage in wordplay and double entendre as they converse with each other. Though Congreve uses verbal irony to great effect in this play, his use of structural or dramatic irony is even more evident. Characters scheme to get things only to have their plans backfire in particularly ironic ways. Tattle's plan to marry Angelica while they are in disguise, for instance, ends with him being married to Mrs. Frail, who is pursuing a similar plot. But the characters' fates are themselves ironic. When Valentine .rst appears, he wishes to be a poor philosopher/ poet with no worldly connections. By the end of the play, he is again willing to give up his fortune, only this time for love. Tattle's prowess with...

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