How does Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play School for Scandal reflect culture in society?

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Culture is defined as the behavior patterns shared by a group of people. Anthropologist Edward B. Tylor defined such behavior as the "knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired" by a group of people (as cited in "What is Culture," Palomar College). Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play School for Scandal, a comedy of manners, reveals a great deal about upper-class culture at the turn of the century that still holds true for all classes of Western society today.

One thing the play reveals is that society has a tendency to behave immorally; in other words, it has a tendency to behave in ways contrary to what society holds to be moral and ethical behavior. Honesty is one example of a behavior believed to be moral, yet all of the characters behave in dishonest ways . They take pride in slandering each other, and all are guilty of deception. One example of a character guilty of deception is Sir Oliver, who tricks both of his nephews with the purpose of...

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