[LMB] G&S in the Vorkosiverse

Luke Bretscher rocketman0739 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 19 17:22:04 GMT 2018


On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 10:20 PM Carol Botteron <cjbotteron at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Typically the plots are social satire with the message "Marry
> someone your own age."

I'm not sure you can say that's usually the message. If a G&S show has
messages, they're more likely to cover a range of targets and vary
from play to play. Patience, for example, is all about Aestheticism,
and Bunthorne doesn't manage to get married at all. Pirates of
Penzance has a lot of fun with the concept of duty and obligation:
Frederick most obviously, but also the policemen's duty to go and die
fighting the pirates, Maj.-Gen. Stanley's duty to be honest, and so
on. Then it finishes up by pulling a happy ending out of a caustic
zinger at classism. H.M.S. Pinafore, on the other hand, doesn't do so
much with duty, but needles classism from start to finish. And that
one ends with one hero marrying the heroine who is young enough to be
his daughter, and the other hero marrying a character who is old
enough to be his mother.

Luke


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