Fiddler on the Roof Summary & Study Guide

Joseph Stein
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Act I, Prologue

Fiddler on the Roof opens outside dairyman Tevye's house in the village of Anatevka, Russia, in 1905. Tevye addresses the audience, telling them that tradition keeps balance in their lives. Everyone has a role in village life, both Jews, such as matchmakers and rabbis, and non-Jews, such as the Russian officials. As long as people stay in their place and do not bother each other, Tevye says everything will be all right.

Act I, Scene 2

Tevye arrives home just in time for Sabbath, the beginning of the Jewish holy day. His horse threw a shoe, and he had to make deliveries by foot. Tevye talks directly to God, saying that he wishes he was wealthy so he could better support his family. He sings the song "If I Were a Rich Man."

The villagers come to Tevye's house, demanding their dairy orders. One has a newspaper...

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