comedy of morals



  • A form of comedy that highlights and condemns behaviour thatis considered socially unacceptable. Moral didacticism was a featureof classical Roman comedy, especially in the fabula togata(see fabula). Ben Jonson described comedyas being "a thing throughout pleasant and ridiculous and accommodatedto the correction of manners." Molière was of the sameopinion; his Tartuffe (1664), a satirical attack on religioushypocrisy, is perhaps the epitome of the comedy of morals.