Essay on Social Class : The Novel And Play

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Social Class Social Class is a main factor which influences Briony 's identity through the beginning of the novel and plays a role in her accusation against Robbie. The setting of this novel is located in 1935 in England and this was a time period where social class issues played a large role amongst individuals of that era. Social class issues were present as Robbie was of lower class than Briony and had received her father 's help in order to complete his studies. The social class issues are also present when Danny Hardman is immediately accused of raping Lola because of his lower class. Also, Paul Marshal escapes from his crimes because of his higher class and position. Briony could be influenced by these issues as she grows up exposed to this influence of social structure.

During the beginning of the novel, Cecilia Tallis is shown to have a childhood relationship with Robbie Turner and also shown to have studied in Cambridge University as acquaintances, as they spent time in different groups. Readers get a sense that Robbie has a hidden anger towards Cecilia for a lack of her loyalty as they grew older. Cecilia is shown to be quite "lazy" at the beginning, in terms of finding work to keep her occupied and in contrast, Robbie does difficult manual labour for her family. She "knows she could not go on wasting her days in the stews of her untidied room, lying on her bed in a haze of smoke" (Ch 2 Pg 20) and is also upset that she does not have a reason for treating…

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