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Caucasian Chalk Circle questions. What do you learn about the citys Governor, Georgi Abashvili his family and his style of leadership? What are his main concerns?

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Questions by Nicole * How does the language of the play differ from the language of scene 1? First of all the Scene 2 uses narrative language and speaking in a third person. This is used through out the performance by a character called the singer and Grusha/Simon. Even though the singer is actually given a character name he does not exist throughout the play other than narrating. The narrator first says "once upon a time" which shows this is a story being told in a past tense. The narrator sets the scene for the Governor and his wife "His name was Georgi Abashvilli". The scene is then describing the revolution, which is taking place at this time, referring to deaths as "a time of bloodshed". For that reason alone I feel like the beginning of the play starts off with a more modern language so there's a clear contrast between the different time periods and it's easier to distinguish them. * What is Nukha like? Nukha is a village in the Caucasus Mountains, which was ruled by the Governor Georgi Abashvilli, who did not rule it very well seeing how much he had purposely ignored the poor beggars and petitioners asking him for help. ...read more.

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It also made me realise that he did not only had doctors, he had everyone wrapped around his little finger and of course his wife took advantage of that. The Governor and his wife were both arrogant and preferred to have the doctors at their service rather than helping all the poor, homeless people out on the streets. * Describe the meeting between Grusha and Simon. Why do they speak to each other in the third person? Grusha seems to be very shy and raised to believe she's not as significant as the other characters like Natella because of her social status. This is why she handles herself very proper because that is the way she's used to being. She's not used to having any attention on her therefore when Simon flirts with her indirectly (by the use of the third person) she answers back with the use of the third person as of her shy personality. However additionally even though Simon has more confidence, his romantic interest in Grusha brings out the fearful side in him, which causes him to talk in the third person. * Why is the Governor suspicious of Prince Kazbeki? How are his suspicions justified? ...read more.

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This again is shown when as soon as Natella sees the fire she rushes off and leaves the child with people who do not care for it at all. * Why does Grusha take the child? What does the singer mean by 'terrible temptation to do good'? Does anyone support Grusha in her actions? I believe Grusha chooses to take the tiny isolated child with her seeing as no one else seemed to care for it. Even his own mother Natella had left him behind after announcing there was a fire visible as at last she noticed the fire-reddened sky. Everyone else seem to believe Michael has caught the plague and take no notice of it, but just because Grusha is insignificant to them they do not want her to take him with her 'Keep your hands off him'. She as a maid is alone and unimportant to the res t of the characters so for that reason alone she's able to empathise with Michael, as she knows what it feels like to be thought of as a burden. By 'terrible temptations to do good' the singer means Grusha is tempted to take Michael with her as deep down in her heart she knows it's the right thing to do but also there may be concerns as to her not having enough money to actually look after the child and provide him with the right accommodations. ...read more.

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