Staging the Henrician Court : KEY QUESTION - Which Miller has the best case?

This page last changed on Jan 20, 2010 by Eleanor Rycroft.

It is tempting to see The Millers as a comedy double act and forget that Merry Report challenges them to a debate in which one or other of them will triumph, similar in nature to the exercise of rhetorical power by which law students were examined.  If The Millers' debate invokes such examinations of law students, can one Miller be said to win out over the other during their scene?  Does one Miller make more of a convincing case for his preferred weather and, if so, does this reflect in any way on the social view of difference between kinds of Miller during the era?  What are the factors in the substance of each Miller's argument which make it more or less effective?

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