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Theatre Appreciation - 1100 Professor Barrett: A- Play's World


Area A: Worlds of the Play

The general period, place, and conditions of the play's composition: including relevant imagery, pictorial illustrations of the subject matter, related art forms, etc. This concerns the setting in which the action takes place. The setting includes:

  • specific information about the environment,
  • what has happened before the play begins,
  • and the attitudes of characters toward the world of the play.

When doing research on the world of the play, look for information about:

  • Economic environment --class, wealth and poverty
  • Political environment --the relationship of the characters to the form of government under which they live  
  • Social environment --the mores and social institutions under which the characters live  
  • Cultural environment --the arts, architecture, sports, fashion, popular culture  
  • Historical environment --events in history


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