Crimes of the Heart A-D A. Where is the play?
1. Hazlehurst, Mississippi USA 2.
The scenes take place in the home of the Magrath sisters. (Actually it's their
grandfather's house, but it is cared for and inhabited primarily by Lenny
Magrath.) 3. The house is old, the exact age and condition is not described. B.
When is the play? 1. The play takes place in the summer sometime during the late
19 70's to early 1980's. 2. The play takes place soon after the birthday of
Lenny Magrath, which has a special significance to the characters. C. Who is in
the play? 1.The 3 Magrath sisters, Lenny, Babe, and Meggy, are the main cluster
of characters. The other three characters are Chick, a Magrath cousin, Barnette,
Babe's attorney, and Doc Porter, an old friend of Meg and Lenny. A character
that is often talked about is Granddaddy, yet he is never seen. 1. The Magrath
sisters complete the different portions that fufill society's image of an
ordinary woman. Each of these women play the roles that a normal woman plays
such as wife, mother, daughter, and sister. Barnette is a lawyer who is
defending Babe, whom he is infatuated with. Doc Porter is a father of two and a
husband who once wanted to be a doctor, who now apparently owns a small ranch,
he also spent time as a house painter. Granddaddy is an old man who is in the
hospital. 2. It seems that all the characters have a mutual respect for each
other, aside from Chick who has strong opinions concerning Meg. As I have
mentioned the character of Barnette is infatuated with Babe. Babe and Lenny both
feel that Meg has always been treated better by their Grandmother and
Grandfather. 3. Lenny has a poor self image. 4. The Characters all live in a
democratic nation. 5. The characters pay no attention to religion, it is rarely
mentioned in the play. 6. The prevailing attitudes of the characters are that
family is important, sex is not considered a bad thing. They seem to consider
anything that can be rationally justified as ethical. They seem to live within
these attitudes quite peacefully. D. What Happened before the play began? 1.
Long before the play began the Magrath sisters' mother apparently hung herself
along with the her cat. 2. After the mothers death the grandparents took custody
of the girls. 3. The grandmother died. 4. The Magrath sisters were taken care of
by the grandfather solely after that. 5. Meg abandoned Doc Porter in Biloxi
during a hurricane. 6. Babe Married Botrelle. 7. Lenny met her man from Memphis.
8. Babe shot Botrelle. 9. Lenny wired Meg telling her to come home.