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Flatland Themes

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Throughout the novel, Abbott continuously discusses the power of the Circle class, or the government, and their methods to suppress, control, and overpower the lower classes. From their destruction of Irregulars, their laws against Women, their abusive use of Isosceles Triangles in schools, their pitting of classes against one another and their constant reassurance that their position deserves respect, the members of this class clearly believe themselves to be of a higher status than those beneath. Each class under the Circles holds a similar belief about their positions in the world.

Abbott is clearly making a statement throughout the novel against such a hierarchical society. He notes on several occasions, with sarcasm, the brutal way in which many are treated in Flatland, and seems to recognize, with great contempt, the methods by which the upper echelon of society holds the lower classes down. These methods...

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