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Me Before You Society and Class

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Society and Class

Putting aside the romance, the medical issues, and the ruminations on death, Me Before You has also got a lot to say about the differences between the social classes. Lou Clark comes from a working-class background that instilled many positive qualities in her, even if it has limited her in other ways. Will Traynor, on the other hand, is quintessentially upper class, having always lived a life of entitlement with oodles of money. These class differences define our characters in many ways, creating a unique dynamic that ends up saying a lot about their society at large.

Questions About Society and Class

  1. What does Lou learn about the upper classes while attending Alicia's wedding?
  2. Does Will live with a sense of privilege? Explain your answer.
  3. Compare and contrast Mrs. Clark with Mrs. Traynor. How do their respective classes affect this comparison?
  4. What are the positive aspects of Lou's working-class background?

Chew on This

Will does not live with a sense of privilege, because he has always worked hard for what he has.

Will lives with a sense of privilege because he innately believes that everything is meant to go his way.

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