What the Butler Saw Discussion Questions

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Orton has often been compared to Victorian writer Oscar Wilde. Compare What the Butler Saw with Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest. In what ways does Orton's play reflect Wilde's influence? How might the differences between the two plays reflect changes in society?

Compare What the Butler Saw with Orton's earlier play Loot. In what ways do the two plays deal with the subjects of sexuality and authority?

Orton has been accused of misogyny, hatred towards women. Discuss the female characters in What the Butler Saw. Does a reading of this play support this accusation?

Research and discuss the elements of farce. In what ways does What the Butler Saw rely on these elements? Why might it sometimes be considered a parody of a farce? Use specific examples.

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