The Ruling Class - Act 1, Scenes 3, 4, and 5 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scenes 3, 4, and 5 Summary

Scene 3 - Sir Charles discusses Jack's case with Dr. Herder, the physician in charge of the psychiatric hospital where Jack was a patient. Herder says that Jack is a paranoid schizophrenic, interpreting the world solely on the basis of what he feels. He adds that the Earl insisted that Jack was not to be certified insane and that if Sir Charles wants Jack certified someone called the Master in Lunacy will have to sign the papers. The doctor also says that Jack isn't dangerous. Spending some time in the real world may actually help him. Herder also comments that Jack's suffering from delusions of grandeur. Because he's already a member of the British aristocracy, he thinks the only way he can be grander than that is to be God.

Scene 4 - Jack speaks a long, rambling speech to Claire, in which he explains...

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