Clouds of Witness Social Concerns

This Study Guide consists of approximately 9 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Clouds of Witness.
This section contains 264 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Buy the Clouds of Witness Short Guide

With the younger son of a duke as the detective hero, Clouds of Witness, like the other Wimsey novels, creates a world of immemorial aristocratic values that might seem at first impervious to social concerns. Indeed Sayers has often been called a snob and accused of anti-Semitism and of patronizing the lower classes, and it must be conceded that she does to some extent share these values with the British reading public of the 1920s. Martin Green has rather unkindly called her the "Fanny Hill of class distinctions." While her lower-class characters have distinct mental limitations and her professional men are often without aesthetic sensibilities, she distributes moral sensibility with an even hand. Cathcart, the victim in Clouds of Witness, is a completely amoral member of the social elite, and the Duke of Denver, the accused, is a good-hearted oaf who may go in for a spot of...

(read more)

This section contains 264 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Buy the Clouds of Witness Short Guide
Copyrights
Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Clouds of Witness from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook