Company Task: Marketing Director Fashion by Anna Mowatt Pitch line: When Vanity overpowers Virtue

Brad Ingles 1/20/12

The play Fashion is a witty comedy about the differences in class as well as the struggles between virtue and diligence. From the outspoken Mrs. Tiffany to the selfindulged poet Mr. Tennyson Twinkle we see characters that cast virtue aside and wear the mask of Vanity. My first example of this is rather early in the play. The maid ( Millinette) is Teaching Mrs. Tiffany French. She calls the armchair a fauteuil. Mrs. Tiffany rather impressed with the word , she decides to use is immediately when Zeke comes in (Who she call Adolph because she wanted something French and elegant). When Zeke does not know what it is she insults him and prides herself on her education and intelligence. This is funny because she just learned the word two minutes ago. As the script progresses we see that the are having a fun social gathering in hopes that the Belle can meet a Monsieur. Each guest is just as vain as the next. This includes the poet who thinks he is Shakespere and Fogg who can’t be pleased with anything. When Zeke incorrectly introduces the Mrs Tiffany quickly insults him in front of her guest. She says, “ Goodness Gracious Zeke-I mean Adolph…” (11 Mowatt). Her need to be perfect and proper caused her to forget the new name she had just giving him. My final example for why the pitch line is useful comes later in the play. After Mr.Snobson the rare clerk enters the premises and interacts with the characters, the play winds down with this quote. Trueman has a monologue in which he says, “Stop there! I object to your use of that word. When justice is found only among lawyers--health among physicians--and patriotism among politicians, then may you say that there is no nobility where there are no titles! But we have kings, princes, and nobles, in abundance--of Nature's stamp, if not of Fashion's,--we have honest men, warm hearted and brave, and we have women--gentle, fair, and true, to whom no title could add nobility.” This sums up the entire meaning of the play. No matter what title or position in power you are given it’s the virtue and and diligence of ones nature that makes them a good person.

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