In the first and second chapters we discussed something we called the ‘world’ of the play. The idea of a play’s ‘world’ was useful because it helped us to understand conflicts between order and disorder, but it was an all-embracing idea. Characters, situation, dramatic effects, references to nature and the supernatural, all the elements of the play contribute to its ‘world’. In this chapter our focus is narrower — on the social structures and social relationships found in the plays.
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