A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, without a doubt the most popular drama written during the hundred years between 1700 and 1800. As a comedy of the Restoration period of British drama, the humor in The Beggar’s Opera serves as a medium for carrying the author's meaning - social satire - which is applicable in all countries at all times. Moreover, the basis of the play's success rests on three factors: its artistic merit; its originality (this is in part measured by the number of later dramas which clearly display the influence of its innovations); and its pervasive humor. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Gay’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons it has stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.