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School for Scandal Summary
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Everything you need to understand or teach School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

  • School for Scandal Summary & Study Guide
  • 1 Student Essay
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  • 30 School for Scandal Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
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School for Scandal Summary

Introduction

School for Scandal opened at the Drury Lane Theatre in London, England, in May of 1777. It was an enormous success. Reviews heralded the play as a "real comedy" that would supplant the sentimental dramas that had filled the stage in the previous years. While wildly popular in the eighteenth century, the play has not been as successful with contemporary audiences.

One significant problem is the anti-Semitism that runs throughout the play. Post-World War II audiences are understandably sensitive to the disparaging remarks made about moneylenders, who were often Jewish. That the character of Moses is portrayed as honest and concerned is depicted in the play as an aberration. When Sir Oliver is learning how to disguise himself as a moneylender, he is told that he must ask 100% interest because it is expected that he must behave as an "unconscionable dog."

But anti-Semitism is not the only problem with modern...

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School for Scandal Study Guide

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