Joseph Kesselring Writing Styles in Arsenic and Old Lace

Joseph Kesselring
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Point of View

Arsenic and Old Lace is a stage play and is therefore written to be seen and heard by an audience, rather than be read. The characters never interact with the audience; the majority of the information is presented via dialogue between the characters, although a small amount is conveyed via actions which are suggested in the “stage direction” notes in the text of the play. Essentially the audience (or reader) is viewing what is happening through a window into the living room of the Brewster home, and their point of view is that of an observer.

Setting

The entire play takes place in the living room of the Brewster family home, which is located in Brooklyn, New York. The play is set in the “present”, which in this case indicates the year the play was written, 1941. The living room is described as being “Victorian”, and...

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