School for Scandal

What is the theme in School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan?

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Honour is a central theme in this play. Initially honor seems to be in short supply in School for Scandal: The gossips are completely without honor; Lady Teazle is considering abandoning the lessons about honor that she learned growing up in the country; Joseph is ready to betray his brother to secure a wealthy wife; and Charles is hopelessly in debt to moneylenders. Even Sir Oliver, whose honor should be above question, is ready to assume a disguise to test his nephews' honor.

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I'm not certain, but I think it wa Neil Gaiman who said, "When you begin you should assume you have a million crap words inside you that you must just plow through before you get to the good stuff.


Chatter is maybe the most focal topic of The School for Scandal. Babble, or gossipy tidbits, might be valid or might be false; when all is said in done, be that as it may, prattle is spread by both informal channels (verbal) and official channels (papers).

There is an old maid (probably during the time when this was written she was at least beyond 25 years old). Old maids are considered dried up like prunes (play on words there).