This story reflects the moral decadence of modern society. DiscussQUESTION SHOULD BE EXPLAINED WITH REFERENCE TO OLIVER BACON AND DUCHESS.BOTH OF THEM STAND FOR 2 DI FFERENT CLASSES.ANIMAL...

This story reflects the moral decadence of modern society. Discuss

QUESTION SHOULD BE EXPLAINED WITH REFERENCE TO OLIVER BACON AND DUCHESS.BOTH OF THEM STAND FOR 2 DI FFERENT CLASSES.ANIMAL IMAGINARY IS USED FOR BOTH CHARACTERS WHICH CAN DESCRIBE MORAL DECADENCE

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I do not think the story reflects actual moral decadence.  I think, instead, that it reflects the age in which Woolf wrote it.  During that time, English people probably felt that their world was decaying morally and socially, but I do not agree that it was.

To me, this story shows this in two ways.  Oliver is a lower class person who has risen in the world, quite possibly dishonestly.  Yet here he is holding power over a duchess -- a person who is socially better than him.  Secondly, the story shows that even the nobility, who are supposed to be superior, will now stoop to fraud.

I would think that a person in Woolf's England might have agreed that this shows moral decadence.  But to me, the class system was ridiculous anyway so I do not feel that the story shows actual moral decadence in modern society.

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