Objective: Act 1-From the very start of this play, it is clear that the author is using a comedic tone to portray the characters. This use of comedy not only helps define the characters right away, but it is also telling of how the author wishes for the reader to view the play. This lesson will discuss the role of the comedic tone in the dialogue of the play.
1. Class Discussion: In what ways is the play written that suggests it should be taken as comedic? Which characters take on the most comedic roles in the play? What are the comedic characters' roles in the family? Is the subject matter presented in this act normally regarded as funny? If not, what might the author's purpose be for presenting such subject matter in a comedic tone?
2. Class Debate: Have the class split into two groups and argue whether...
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