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The Marriage of Figaro Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Korb Korb has a master's degree in English literature and creative writing and has written for a wide variety of educational publishers. In the following essay, she explores how Beaumarchais uses comedy to raise social issues.

The subtitle of The Marriage of Figaro, "A Single Mad Day," indicates the complexity of the intrigue that faces Figaro and the other characters on the day of his proposed marriage. What neither the title nor the subtitle indicate, however, are the more serious issues that Beaumarchais raises in his play. One of the most significant messages, and the one that led to the play's initial censorship, is that the lower classes should be given the opportunity to resist and even compete with the upper classes. Writes Joseph Sungolowsky in Beaumarchais, "Insofar as it [the play] claims the rights of the illegitimate child, of women, and of the individual to enjoy his...

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