Joseph Stein Writing Styles in Fiddler on the Roof

Joseph Stein
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Setting

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical comedy that takes place in 1905 in the small Russian village of Anatevka. The action of the play occurs largely in and around the home of Tevye. The kitchen, Tevye's bedroom, the front yard, and the barn are the primary locations, in addition to some brief settings in the village, including an inn, Model's tailor shop, the train station, streets, and roads. Tevye's house emphasizes his importance as the primary character as well as the centrality of the family and its traditions in the play.

Dance

Dance is used in Fiddler on the Roof to underscore the themes of the play. Perchik, especially, uses dance to challenge tradition. In Act I, scene 6, Perchik makes Hodel dance with him when no one is around, though women are not supposed to dance with men. Though Hodel has been obedient before, this act—and Perchik's...

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