Objects & Places from Three Plays

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The Cabot Farmhouse

The action of Desire Under the Elms takes place entirely in and around this setting.

The Parlor

This room in the house is particularly significant in that it represents the house's true identity - as a manifestation of Eben's mother, the original owner.


For the male characters in Desire Under the Elms, this place represents hope and freedom.

The Elms

Several times throughout the play Desire Under the Elms, these are referred to as hanging, almost looming, over the house.

The Leeds home, the Evans' homes

These are the settings of Strange Interlude.

Nina's Babies

The nature and function of these is seen by the protagonist of Strange Interlude as objects rather than as people - as incarnations of the idealized Gordon Shaw, as tools for fulfilling her vow to keep her husband happy, as ways of feeding her desire to control.

The Oresteia

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