The Ghost Sonata Symbols & Objects

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Apartment Building

The apartment building where the action of the play takes place is symbolic of the split between the way people present themselves publicly and the truth of their private existence. This is symbolized in the set itself in which the audience can see the literal outside public world of the street but can also view inside certain rooms of the apartment building to view the private reality of the characters.

Newspaper

The newspaper which covers the details of the Student’s heroism at the collapsed building is symbolic of the absence of truly kindhearted selfless characters in the world of the play: the Student’s selflessness and pure motivations are so unusual in the world of the play that they turn him into a celebrity whose goodness is considered worthy of newspaper coverage.

Building Collapse

The building which collapsed the night before the events of...

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