Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1, Part 1 Abstract
* The play begins with an introduction from the Stage Manager, a character who performs several functions throughout the play: narrator, philosopher, stagehand, and occasionally actor.
* He describes the layout of the town, paying particular attention to the homes of the Gibbs and Webb families.
Act 1, Part 2 Abstract
* We see other members of the...
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