Lesson 1 (from Part 1)
In a play, the scene decoration and setting are important elements that contextualize the action and help the audience understand the characters. Sartre uses elements of setting to locate these characters in a room buried inside a maze of hallways and stairs. The objective of this lesson to understand why Sartre chose to locate the play in the setting he did, and to recognize how the setting affects the action and characterizations.
1. Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4. Working in their teams, students should identify the elements of physical, geographical or historical setting, underlining any description or reference that tells us 1) what the room looks like, 2) where the room is located (in space and time, as well as physically). Once every group has had a chance to identify these elements, they should list them on the board and take the opportunity to clarify...
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