Maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middelton and A Way of The World by William Congreve

Please write an essay of 3 pages in length (slightly more is fine) in response to the topic
given below. Use 12-point type, standard 1-inch margins, and double-space your essay.
Any space occupied by the heading of your essay (your name, the essay’s title, date) does
not count as part of the essay’s length.
In writing your essay, begin by answering the prompt directly. There is no need for an
elaborate introductory paragraph. The challenge of the assignment is to give as full an
analysis as possible in the space allotted. I will also be looking for precision, specificity,
and completeness in your direct response to the prompt. You should support your
analytical points with very brief quotations or very specific reference to the plays’ events.
(Avoid quotations longer than 2 lines.) Any reference to the plays’ plots should be made
in support of your analytical argument.
To cite quotations of plays, put act, scene, and line number(s) in parentheses after the
sentence in which the quoted material appears.

DO NOT CONSULT OUTSIDE SOURES! If for some reason you choose to ignore
this instruction, can result in a grade of “F” in the course and a citation for academic irregularity.

TOPIC: Explain how the economic model, supply and demand, functions in A Chaste Maid in
Cheapside and The Way of the World as shown in the contracts between 1) the
Touchwoods and the Kixs and 2) Millamant and Mirabell. In Chaste Maid, how does this
transaction affect the blocked lovers, Moll and Touchwood Jr? Do Moll and Touchwood
refute the economic value that characters in the play place on people? In Way of the
World, how does this transaction unblock the love between Millamant and Mirabell? To
what extent do Millamant and Mirabell refute and/or accept the logic of supply and
demand when it is applied to people?

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