1. What is the significance of the town of Marney in reference to the working class's relationship to the aristocracy?

2. With the copious references to the "proper" role of women in politics throughout Sybil, what is the importance of Queen Victoria's coming to the throne?

3. Why is the tommy shop scene significant? While the son is portrayed as morally bankrupt (shooting a woman and killing a child), the crowd who watches him burn alive is portrayed as equally remorseless and violent. Who does novel portray as primarily at fault? Which party do you think emerges as most blameworthy?


Disraeli, Benjamin. Sybil. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

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