The Little Stranger Themes & Motifs

Sarah Waters
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Class Differences

Differences between the working class and elite class in England as well as the changes in the class system during the early and mid-twentieth century forms the groundwork for the plot of this story. Faraday becomes obsessed with the idea of Hundreds Hall and what it represents to him even when he is just a young boy. As an adult, Faraday desires not only to be respected and influential but believes that he must be connected with Hundreds Hall in order to become the person he wants to be. Meanwhile, the class system has changed in England to such a point that the elite families are no longer as powerful as they once were. Seeley believes that it is because the Ayers family has been unable to change with the times that they descended into mental illness and suicide.

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