Maria Edgeworth's House
Some questions for you to consider while reading Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent.
The narrator: what is the impact of the first-person narration? Is Thady a reliable narrator? What is the relationship between Thady's narration and the surrounding editorial material - preface, footnotes, glossary?
The big house: in what ways is the house significant, and what values is it associated with? What does the novel criticise and endorse? How do class tensions intersect with issues of nationality?
The position of women: what part do women play in this narrative? How do gender, class and nation intersect?