A Comedy of Manners should address most of the following:

  • Witty, cerebral form of dramatic comedy
  • Depicts and often satirizes the manners and affectations of a contemporary society
  • Mainly concerned with social usage and the question of whether or not characters meet certain social standards.
  • Different social levels are represented by stereotypical and/or stock characters
  • The governing social standard is morally trivial but exacting.
  • The plot of such a comedy, usually concerned with an illicit love affair or similarly scandalous matter
  • The plot is not as important as the play’s brittle atmosphere, witty dialogue, and pungent commentary on human foibles