Objective: Setting. At the time the play is first produced in 1955, America is settling down to suburban lifestyles just like the one portrayed by the Hilliards. This serene lifestyle is coveted by those in the cities. Where a play, book or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the possibilities for plot. Setting is a usually carefully considered item in an author's set-up for fiction. This lesson will look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of this play and set it in a large city, explaining how the different setting changes the play.
2. Class discussion. Could this play had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in a small Midwestern town in the 1950s differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the...
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