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Characters Key themes Plot development Reference to context

Scene One Margaret Hyman- Harry The theme of Gellburgs Gellburg is going to visit Dr Hyman Reference to places in Brooklyn made
p1 A lone cellist... to p3 Gellburg Hymans wife, "fair, lusty wife's illness is introduced, office…

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the Jews being punished Hyman presents this idea Berlin smashing Jewish homes/stores community of Germany. It was known
over there, he can't that Sylvia is scared of Philip. etc, and Sylvia's concern over it. as "Kristallnacht", or "night of the
understand the brutality. The theme of…

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disapproval of the caused the hysteria ­"she scares
actions in herself to death with them"

p10 slight pause to p13 Hyman I Gellburg ­ He becomes The theme of work plays a Gellburg recalls the night Sylvia Context reference to the American
don't know... very…

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p14 Margaret That's one Margaret- likes to be Sylvia's illness: Hyman isn't Margaret comments of Gellburgs Reference to American
miserable pisser... to end of romanced by Hyman. sure how to treat her, and character "That's one miserable culture/cinema at the time ­ "at the
scene. Very…

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p18 Sylvia returns to p 20 Gellburg Gellburg ­ he has a Sylvia's paralysis: Gellburg arrives home, he has a letter Slight link to the stigma's that were
It's only a colour... Stern, harsh and she feels like she is a burdenfrom the General of his…

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Characters Key themes Plot development Reference to context

Scene Three Harriet ­adores Hyman The events in Germany are mentions Harriet goes to see Dr Hyman ­ he Reference made again to the NAZI
p24 Opening of sceneDr and the work he had in reference to the…

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Philip despite everything expression on that man's face when
is a good man. he's watching her- it could almost
Hyman ­ is with further break your heart...He adore her!"
confusion ­ they're
marriage does not make
Scene Four Case ­"He has great The theme of…

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Hyman ­ revealed he had Relationship: When Hyman do. Sylvia begs for patience, and they
many lovers in his youth. mentions Philip at random he notices change topic onto Hymans youth, but
He is vain. Cares a lot fear in her eyes key to her when…

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Margret when she tries There is no change in Sylvia. Gellburg
to help snaps, he is "upset".
Margret- pry's into the
business of Gellburg, she
notices changes in
p38 Hyman enters... to Gellburg- His quick to Relationship: Appears that Gellburg confides with Hyman that he…

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may know that he is the .Facing increasing recognition of his
reason for it. own impotence and weakness, he
Hyman ­He is out of his tries to hide it behind the lie that he
depth made love to his wife, but that she
then rejected him…


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