Objective: Act 1, Scene 1 The setting of the play is a hospital located in a large city like New York. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of New York and its impact on the story.
1) 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 play. How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from New York during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the play. Could this story take place anywhere else but New York in the 1930s? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this story that slots it into this particular time period?
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