The Beggar's Opera

"Murder is a fashionable crime as man can be guilty of"

Explain reference to context with beggar's opera Act 1 by John Gay

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In context, this phrase directly refers to "murder" as in killing someone in a duel..... something that men once did to settle an argument or defend their honor. Thus, this type of murder was once seen as fashionable.... a form of murder that one could be proud of.


The Beggar's Opera