Ring around the Moon

by Jean Anouilh

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Beginning a decade or so before the French Revolution (1789), research the history of industrialism in France, focusing on the friction between the old-money aristocracy and the newmoney bourgeoisie. Then write an essay detailing some of the consequences of such friction.

After researching the history and form of commedia dell’arte write an essay discussing how stock characters in that form resemble those in Ring Around the Moon.

Study Anouilh’s directions for music in Ring Around the Moon. Select (or compose) music to fit those scenes. Justify your reasons.

Research the history of marriage in late eighteenth- century Europe, then write an essay describing what economic and social functions it served. Do any of these functions exist in today’s United States? Which ones and in what segments of society?

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