The Real Thing Summary
Tom Stoppard

Everything you need to understand or teach The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard.

  • The Real Thing Summary & Study Guide
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  • 30 The Real Thing Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
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The Real Thing Overview

The Real Thing is set in the early 1980's in London and examines the concepts of love and
fidelity, writing and intellectualism, reality and fantasy, and pop culture and high art. Words play an enormous role in the story both as expressions of emotions and artistic creations. Words can capture the reality of life and they can alter the course of the world or they can become something empty and meaningless. The protagonist of the play is a writer named Henry. The story of Henry’s encounter with reality and awakening passion is also the story of his reconciliation between the messy emotions of life and his lofty, high-minded definition of good writing.

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