Decline and Fall Themes

This Study Guide consists of approximately 28 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Decline and Fall.
This section contains 450 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Decline and Fall Study Guide

British Society of the 1920s

Evelyn Waugh was a social critic. Employing black humor and absurdist mechanisms, he pinpointed, highlighted and parodied the inherent flaws, pretensions, false values and decadence of the aristocracy. He illustrated the class system by juxtaposing the inequities of the struggles of the lower classes against the upper. Decline and Fall skewers its targets in a satire that rips apart the curtains of pretension and lays all bare to be viewed and judged in harsh light.

British ideals of culture, education, sportsmanship, honor, chivalry and integrity all come under fire. Education is a sham, there is no pretense of justice, punishment is reserved for the lower classes. The “old boys’ network” will protect its members, regardless of their crimes. Those who try to affect good in society, like the governor of the prison, do so only to gain fame and admiration, not from a real...

(read more)

This section contains 450 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Decline and Fall Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Decline and Fall from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook