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The language is simple and the theme, universal:
boy meets girl and falls madly in love; girl’s overly protective father is extremely particular about his daughter’s future and disapproves of the young man; father is in desperate trouble and is saved by the young man; young man gets girl in the end.
The unit contains background material on Menander’s life and on Greek Old, Middle, and New Comedy. It also contains a synopsis of the play, notes on character development and technical information on suggested masks and costumes (there are 15 scaled-down drawings of stock masks on graph paper which students can easily reproduce in order to present the play or to enhance their enjoyment of a staged reading).
In all, it is an historical, critical, and technical approach to a very funny play which can be enjoyed in today’s classrooms.
(Recommended for English Literature, World History, Drama and E.S.O.L. classes for grades 6 through 12)