Considered in literature the finest of all the restoration comedies, and Congreves personal masterpiece. The way of the world sets out a comedy of manners, a complicated plot and several memorable characters. I studied this text for A level english literature, and ive got to say its amazing! Its completely under rated and never staged anywhere (much to my annoyance), not because it isnt well known, but because its complicated.
the plot is too complicated to explain, id be writing pages. but it is amazingly funny, witty and holds a mirror up to the failings of restoration society. it challenges the position of women in society, and criticises marriage, money and the worlds obsession with youth. A complete masterpiece. buy it now, THEN stage it, THEN give it to other people to read, THEN they will stage it, and it will get the credit it deserves, as one of the greatest plays of its generation and one of the highest points in past english literature and drama.