British Class Lines During World War II

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Elicia Dennis
The Blitz Myth Final Paper
British Class Lines During World War II

Prior to the start of World War II, Britain was commonly perceived as aristocratic and imperialistic. Although the majority of popular authors were of a higher social status, they recognized the disparity of opportunity between genders and classes. These tensions between groups were growing. Given the threat of war looming overhead, changes in society were desperately needed, especially given the potential impact of the impending conflict. Both Jan Struther and Virginia Woolf realized the current class system’s hindrance on social progress and in turn, victory in the war, leading them to argue for change among the upper classes using personification and symbolism to convey current state of affairs as well as the implications of a refusal to change as a society. Although ultimately complied into book format, Mrs. Miniver began as a column in the Times newspaper. Peter Fleming requested that Jan Struther write about an “ordinary sort of woman who leads an ordinary sort of life—rather like [herself]” in an attempt to “brighten up” the Court Page. While Struther openly argued that Mrs. Miniver was not modeled after herself, Vin, Judy and Toby were the same ages as her kids Jamie, Janet and Robert. Additionally, her children were known to do the exact same things as Mrs. Miniver’s fictional family. Vin’s accidentally leaving his bait to putrefy and leave a horrid smell at Starlings was…

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