How does the issue of ethnicity or class play a role in this play?

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Class is the defining concern of the play. Yank is a member of the working class, exploited for little money and with next to no chance of ever moving upward on the social ladder. The industrialized nature of the work he does forces him to become machine-like and subhuman in the eyes of the higher-ups. Mildred is the daughter of a successful businessman, privileged and secure, but she too is limited: she feels her life is meaningless and dull, and she wants to...

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