The Philadelphia Story Short Essay - Answer Key

Philip Barry
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1. What is the setting and major upcoming event established as the play opens?

The Lord house is an enormous estate that is lavishly decorated. In the opening scene, the Lord family is introduced and we learn about their upper-class status. Most of the conversation is focused on the wedding of Tracy Lord, which will be her second and a huge event for the family and town.

2. How is the demeanor of the Lord family displayed in Act 1, Part 1?

As Margaret, Tracy, and Dinah discuss things, it is evident that the family is very concerned with portraying themselves a certain way. This is illustrated in their proper dialogue and is reinforced when Margaret corrects Dinah for using the word, "stinks." From their appearance to their conduct, Margaret and Tracy in particular are especially determined to live up to their class ranking.

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