Essay about The Representation of Marriage in The Country Wife
William Wycherly represents marriage in a peculiar way in The Country Wife. The classic marital values of love, trust, and becoming one with your partner in a bond of love are distorted by intense emotion. The appropriately named Mr. Pinchwife is a jealous husband who moves his new wife Margery to the country with hopes keep her from the outside world, namely the city of London, and the inevitable infidelity that lies there in his mind. However, by denying Mrs. Pinchwife her freedom, Mr. Pinchwife alienates her and encourages her resentment of him.
Early in the play, when Pinchwife describes his new wife to his friends as …show more content…
Desperate to end the relationship between Horner and his wife, Pinchwife forces Mrs. Pinchwife to write Horner a cruel letter, which she cleverly switches with a second, kind letter before it is sent. Mrs. Pinchwife is later caught