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Tony Jason Stafford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044989

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044989.001.0001

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(p.125) Conclusion
Shaw's Settings

Tony Jason Stafford

R. F. Dietrich

University Press of Florida

In brief, we may conclude that Shaw incorporates these two settings, which recur with regularity throughout his works, as a way of providing a complete dramatic experience, these settings becoming an extension of the characters, conflicts, and themes as well as a supplement to the language experience of his plays. So while a study of Shaw’s use of gardens and libraries is a rather limited, focused study of Shaw’s use of settings, it does portray Shaw as going beyond mere language for his dramatic affects and reveal other dimensions of Shaw’s dramaturgy such as his visual acumen, his sense of performance values, his use of setting as metaphor, and his revelation of characters through settings, showing him to be the complete playwright.

Keywords:   Performance, Tableaux, Nature, Language, Visual Artist, Metaphor, Character Revelation

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