Orpheus Descending Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the character of Carol. What does she wear? How old is she?

Carol is described as being around 30 years old. She is unconventional in appearance and personality in Twin Rivers County. She wears garish black eye makeup, blue eye shadow, and has a powdered white face and lips.

2. Describe the set of Orpheus Descending.

Orpheus Descending has a semi-nonrealistic/semi-realistic set. It is set in a dry-goods store, but it is more or less a suggestion, and not intended to be naturalistic. The lighting in particular is detailed as having a supernatural quality.

3. In what time and place is Orpheus Descending set?

Orpheus Descending is set in the 1950s in a small town in the south. It is not described specifically where, although geographically it is likely that it is in Mississippi, as it is not far from Memphis and New Orleans is a night's car drive away.

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