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Compare the character of Joseph and CharlesAnd discuss how their attitudes reflect those of the period The School for Scandal revolves around two brothers who

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Compare the character of Joseph and Charles And discuss how their attitudes reflect those of the period The School for Scandal revolves around two brothers who are both in love with the same girl and a young wife caught up in the false values of a scandal-mongering social set. The Brothers Joseph and Charles Surface, and their cousin Maria, are orphans in the care of their uncle, Sir Peter Teazle, and they are significant characters in the play. Charles is the heedless happy-go-lucky, but honest one, a type much admired in the eighteenth century where as Joseph is very much a sanctimonious hypocrite who wants to marry a young lady named Maria. It so happens that Maria loves Charles but can't marry anyone without permission of her guardian Sir Peter Teazle. To complicate matters, Charles and Joseph's rich uncle Oliver Surface who they've never met, disguises himself as Mr Premium, a Jewish moneylender has returned from India determined to test their characters and whether they are potential heirs. Then Sir Peter discovers Lady Teazle with Joseph, and all the subplots and fashionable machinations are unravelled. Young Lady Teazle is tempted to Joseph's room where Sir Peter's arrival forces her to hide behind a screen. In the end hypocrisy is made clear to all, Maria and Charles are happily united and Sir Peter forgives his Lady. ...read more.


She engaged Snake the forger to help her break up the romance between Sir Charles Surface and Sir Peter's ward, Maria, hoping to get Charles for herself. She spreads false rumours about an affair between Charles and Lady Teazle in an attempt to make Maria reject Charles Lady Teazle is tempted into conducting an affair for fashion's sake with Charles' brother, Joseph. In a farcical scene involving characters hiding behind furniture, Sir Peter learns of the plotting between Joseph and Lady Sneerwell, that the rumours about Charles and Lady Teazle are false, and that his wife is merely a victim of Joseph's flattery. He is therefore reconciled with his wife, and decides that Charles deserves to marry Maria. The essayist, William Hazlitt wrote in order to play the role of Charles Surface 'Agood face and figure, easy manners, evident good nature, animation and sensibility.' He is wildly extravagant, intemperate, loves the society of women, yet his is a natural, open personality and he has a capacity for affection and curiosity towards while others can respond. He is too, a benevolent person, and it is this virtue which prompts him to keep his benefactor uncle's portrait rather than sell it to Mr Premium. Throughout the three acts, the audience learns much about Charles, mostly by hearsay. Spectators therefore are to form their own idea of this attractive rapscallion. ...read more.


He has a rigidly enclosed, self serving nature. Joseph is seen as the 'Man of Sentiment' and even a true man of sentiment is open to the experiences, which surround him, and is continually making responses to these, whether they present themselves in the form of natural phenomena. Joseph betrays no response to nature, nor is any appreciation of such arts as painting or poetry like an eighteenth gentleman should. However, he does come into contact with people, and his response is to shy away from any expression of feeling; instead he rebuffs other people's approaches with a witty, epigrammatic turn of phrase or an ironic platitude:' Ah, Mrs Candour, if everybody had your forbeaeance and good nature!' in Act one Scene one. He is so much the opposite of the man of sentiment. In conclusion Joseph and Charles are two very different characters, and Charles in particular reflects that of the perfect eighteenth century man. Most men of that period, were very money orientated, and wealthy men were attracted to young beautiful women, even if they were humble. Also in the 1700s heritage was very important as usually it was the male heir who inherited everything, when the head of the household died, which is why fathers were extremely content if they have sons, but property and possessions were passed onto their daughters husbands or in this case their nephews. ...read more.

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