Arsenic and Old Lace Setting & Symbolism

Joseph Kesselring
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Window Seat

Mr. Spenalzo and Mr. Hoskins – the dead bodies that the various characters in the play are trying to hide – are both hidden in the window seat for a time.

Bottle of Elderberry Wine

The poison that Abby and Martha use to kill their victims is placed in a bottle of elderberry wine.

Bugle

Teddy blows a bugle throughout the play, which eventually gets him committed.

Commitment Papers

Teddy, Martha, and Abby all must sign commitment papers to go to Happy Dale Sanitarium.

Front Door

Throughout the play, characters enter and exit through the front door.

Steps Upstairs/San Juan Hill

Teddy believes the steps leading upstairs are San Juan Hill, and always charges up them.

Basement/Panama Canal

Teddy believes that the basement is actually Panama; he buries the gentlemen Abby and Martha kill in the “locks” that he has dug in the Panama Canal down...

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