The Gin Game Setting & Symbolism

D. L. Coburn
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The Porch

The porch setting of this play is littered with broken down objects and discarded items. It symbolizes Weller and Fonsia's loneliness and despair. Like the broken piano and sink thrown on the porch, they have been cast off by society. Like the shelf of abandoned, dusty books, no one has been interested in either of these two characters in a long, long time. Both divorced their spouses relatively early in their marriages. Both have been cut off from their children. They have no one; they are alone.

The Garden

There is a garden just off the porch. Fonsia spends time there, gardening, but Weller pulls her away for a game of Gin. Fonsia's gardening metaphorically represents that she desires to plant something and make it grow. She wants to give Weller a chance. She wants a relationship to sprout and grow between them. This is demonstrated...

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