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Setting in A Dolls house and Antigone

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"Setting can often reflect the underlying ideas in a play." Any play has as much visual content as the aural content. This being said, the setting is essential for any audience to pay heed to all the happenings of a play. The unity of place is one that is intrinsic in any play. A play should not compress geography; the stage throughout the play must represent only one location. Setting reflects the time period, and the nature of society. It reveals the nature of the primary characters, as the environment they are in can alter their actual responses. For example, in an environment which is isolated protagonists often soliloquize, expressing their emotions. Setting can also be intermittent into the plot, as the usage of props on stage causes the plot twists, such as escape, suicide and, murder. ...read more.


"At dawn" when the sun is at its peak could elevate the friction that is noticed between two primary characters. The introduction of a primary character is essential to the first scene of a play. Sophocles' "Antigone" witnesses the introduction of two characters to the setting of the gates of the palace of Thebes. This palace is the setting of the play. There is presentation of a dialogue amongst two sharply differentiated characters and there is information that is gained through their exchange. In "A Doll's House" Ibsen introduces the protagonist of the play in a seemingly average setting, which also symbolizes her 'normal' life. As the plot twists however the setting is also altered, after the initial exchange with Krogstad, the setting now becomes more unnerved, "The Christmas tree with burned down candle on its disheveled branches." ...read more.


This would also be related to the unity of place. Most plays have conflict, some to a much larger extent than others but conflict is essential to maintain the suspense in the play. The setting also at times represents conflict. "The table has been placed in the middle of the stage with chairs around it." The table could represent the decision changing conversation that was going to occur shortly after with Mrs. Linde and Krogstad. "Every now and then she listens intently for a sound at the outer door." This would be important as the audience can then expect the arrival of Krogstad once again to the house, perhaps this time his temperament would vary greatly. The story of "Antigone" has conflict that arises much before the actual acting of the play; the audience accustomed to drama would ideally know that the state of Thebes in all tragedies is in a very worrying situation. ...read more.

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