Brighton Beach Memoirs

by Neil Simon

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Compare and contrast Brighton Beach Memoirs with Paul Osborn's 1939 play Morning's at Seven, a comedic play about familial relations. How do the different settings (urban versus rural, respectively) affect the manner in which the families are perceived?

Research the history of the Depression in the United States, focusing on the effect it had on families. How do the Jeromes compare with the average American family during the Depression?

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