The Rose Tattoo Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the play's setting.

THE ROSE TATTOO takes place in a village somewhere on the Gulf coast between New Orleans and Mobile. It is populated mostly with Sicilians. The stage is set with a cottage in need of some repair. The semi tropical location includes palm trees and pampas grass. The interior of the cottage is a bit gaudy with many religious articles and pictures.

2. How does the audience immediately understand that the owner of the house is a dressmaker?

There is a sign in the window that says "Sewing" and there are dressmaker's dummies inside the house.

3. What is Assunta's occupation?

Assunta appears and enters the house. She is an herbalist and practices alternative medicine from the old customs.

4. How did Serafina know she had conceived?

Serafina tells Assunta she knew she had conceived because she had awakened with a burning pain on her left breast. When she turned on the light she saw her husband's rose tattoo.

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