The Ruling Class Discussion Questions

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In what ways are Sir Charles and Claire representative of stereotypical upper class people? In what ways is Daniel Tucker representative of his class?

Peter Barnes has said that "Laughter's too feeble a weapon against the barbarities of life"; however, his humor strikes deliberately at human pretensions, particularly those of the upper class. How does Barnes use humor in this play to sway the audience?

Who is the hero of this play? How is the idea of heroism refashioned to Barnes's goals? Compare this play to a Jacobean play such as Ben Jonson's Volpone. What lessons has Barnes taken from his study of Jacobean comedy?

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