I had not previously been to a theatre to view a play before this evening. I was not excited about the prospect of a two hour long musical. Admittedly though, after the first ten minutes of the production I was hooked. I rather enjoyed the characters and their roles within the story. I think this play should receive more than the cultist following that it has. My favorite character was the town’s unscrupulous mayor, the Marquis. I had an easy enough time following the storyline and the characters progression. I was keen on the techniques we had read about and seen on television in our chapter on the Greek tragedies/comedies and how the methods closely related to the story.
Alhough I am not entirely sure that this story is a direct reflection of the classical definition of the word Tragedy it does loosely follow some of the same principles: The main character and protagonist Aimable Castagnet is a character that doesn’t get presented with any negative connotation. He is a commendable man whom leads a virtuous life as a simple baker. He deeply loves a woman that is much younger than him and does his best to supply every moment of her day with his love for her.
The Hamartia of his character is that because he is so nice he may seem boorish and naïve to both the townspeople and his young bride. He is politely mocked by the townspeople about their age difference and eventually through his bread making wisdom the antihero (Dominique) enters the stage by way of the Marquis. He is the polar opposite of the main character and sets his sights on the baker’s young wife. This ultimately leads to his downfall which is the part when Dominique who was secretly courting his wife both leave in the night and Aimable inadvertently burns his shop.
This represents the Cathartic change Aimable undergoes as he is struck down from his own existence and falls into despair. He does not work or maintain his proper social etiquette by drinking heavily and losing his bearing with the town. But this is also where the story does not follow the tragic definition any longer. In this story the townspeople whom had taken great issues with one another were faced with the responsibility to put their prejudices aside and aid their baker in winning back his wife. In the end all was resolved and everyone was happy.
For more information you can consult this link ( http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baker’s_Wife ) to read the synopsis and a general overview of this stageplay/musical.