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How does School for Scandal reflect culture in society?

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tusingwire | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 8, 2007 at 7:37 PM via web

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How does School for Scandal reflect culture in society?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 10, 2007 at 12:50 AM (Answer #1)

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The great comedy School for Scandal reflects its society's culture in many ways. It reflects its society through the sort of characters who are shown worthy of praise or blame. These aren't just randomly chosen individuals, but represent types. Sheridan shows his culture's values through what the characters are concerned with (marriage, gossip, reputation, the lack of independence that comes through debt, true value vs. appearances, etc.). The play also shows its culture's values through its biases; look at how the play portrays Jews.
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