Six Plays Setting & Symbolism

Florence Henrietta Darwin
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The Children's Hour - The Wright-Dobie School for Girls

This is the school set up and run by Karen and Martha. Established in a rural area (there are several references, in fact, to the school being part of a farm), the school is a fulfillment of a life-long dream for the two lifelong friends, with its disintegration serving as a metaphoric representation of the disintegration of the friendship that brought it into being. A classroom in the school is the setting for the first and third acts of the play.

Karen's Ornament

In Act 1, when Mary accidentally/deliberately destroys an ornament given to Karen by Joe, it serves as metaphoric foreshadowing for the destruction of the school, of the relationship between Karen and Joe, of the friendship between Martha and Karen, and eventually of their lives.

The Missing Bracelet

This bracelet belongs to one of the other students...

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