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, Scene 1 Abstract
* The Shrike begins in the psychiatric ward of the hospital, where the staff and patients are establishing the restrictive nature of care.
Act 1, Scene 2 Abstract
* Jim Downs is brought in on a gurney by his wife, Ann, after attempting to take his own life.
Act 1, Scene 3 Abstract
* The doctors try to learn as...
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