Describe the overall setting for the play. Why does Hellman use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
Explain the role of married women in the 1930s. Conversely, what is the role of unmarried women in the 1930s? What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that twenty-first century women do not have?
Create a brief character study on Karen. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?
Create a brief character study on Martha. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What...
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