Literature, in general, and drama in particular shows some special characteristics of the present day tendencies in life and literature: (1) its reiteration of the old revolutionary formula of liberty, equality and fraternity in a new setting, (2) its worship of power rather than of beauty – here it parts company abruptly with the age of the romantic revival and Victorian age - (3) its challenging attitude of the older values in art and life – the challenging attitude now is more persisting and more searching – (Compton Rickett).
The play “The Liars” elaborates on the need to lie in a hypocritical society. Arthur Wing Pinero wrote two types: (1) the farce and (2) the social problem, Pinere proceeded to write a succession of social dramas highlighting the plight of woman in an unforgiving society, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1893) belongs to the latter. His “Trelaway of the Wells” (1898) is a nostalgic celebration of the mid-Victorian theatre. Pinero was a prolific writer of farces and comedies, but his melodramas dealing with ethical and social problems makes him an icon. The tendency of these writers is to follow Ibsen.