Castle Rackrent | Study Guide

Maria Edgeworth

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Overview

Author

Maria Edgeworth

Year Published

1800

Type

Novella

Genre

Satire

Perspective and Narrator

The main events in Castle Rackrent are told by Thady Quirk, a first-person narrator who reflects on the Rackrent family that he has served for decades. The Editor collects Thady's story and presents it to the reader as a frame story which is a tale told by one character to another character within a work of fiction.

Tense

Castle Rackrent is written in past tense.

About the Title

Castle Rackrent is a satirical criticism of the way the Rackrent family misuses their fortunes and resources over four generations. The term "rack rent" means an incredibly high rent for property or land. The lords of the Rackrent estate try to squeeze all the money and labor that they can from the land's farmers and tenants. The castle is built upon the rack rent or unfair treatment of the lower class.

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