Lesson 1 (from Act 1)
Although the actual setting for the play is never defined, there are some elements that rule out some locations. The objective of this lesson is to explore local color and its impact on the story.
Lead the class in a discussion about local color. Begin with a definition and ask the class to validate their understanding by offering examples from the book. Where do the students think the story takes place? What do they use to make their decision? How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that help them determine the setting?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the novel. Could this story take place anywhere else but somewhere in Europe in the 20th century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this...
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