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What is the objective of the play The Lower Depths?

The objective of The Lower Depths was to create a depiction of poverty that was realistic and unromantic. By realistically portraying the "lower depths" of society, this production became part of a movement away from romanticized views of poverty and its effects.

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I would argue that the purpose of this thought-provoking play is to provide a gritty and realistic portrayal of poverty in Volga, Russia. The play was produced in 1902, a time in which theatrical depictions of poverty were being transformed from the historical Romantic depictions to a more realistic look at the lives lived by those in poverty.

This play provides a powerfully bleak picture of poverty, with the condition showcased as being a catalyst to crime,...

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