Objective: Act 1 The setting of Act 1 is Johnny-the-Priest's Saloon in New York City. The play opens with a detailed, lengthy description of the bar with its front window and door, as well as the back room and rear family entrance. The bar setting helps reveal the characters and their habits. This lesson will explore the setting of Act 1.
1) Class Discussion: The saloon has two sections, a front room which has a bar and looks out onto the street and a small back room with tables. The back room is available to women and families, while the men can go to the barroom. Discuss with the class how the setting detail that O'Neill provides gives them a full "picture" of the scene. What specific setting details do they think make the saloon a unique place? Why is setting important to this first Act? How does it help us...
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