To what extent can it be argued that Castle Rackrent is a violent novel?
The story of Thady Quirk as he records his observations about his masters, the Rackrents, and their various foibles and failings, cannot really be described as a violent book. Whether it is through personal bias or a reluctance to elaborate, the incidents of this story that could be seen as being potentially violent are narrated in a way that factually presents the facts rather than exaggerates the violence and aggression. One key place where this can be seen is at the beginning of the text, when Lord Rackrent locks his wife in her room because, being Jewish, she...
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