Setting

Location is crucial to Voyage. The play makes a clear distinction between rural and city life. The Bakunin home is a kind of pastoral paradise where Bakunin and his family can idle away their time, debating the merits of various philosophies. In the second act, although the action is chronologically parallel to the first act, it shows the harsher realities and sacrifices the characters must make for their causes. Location also establishes differences between male and female characters. The women exist almost exclusively in domestic circles. They exert control over the world in a decidedly traditional manner. The men operate in both public and private worlds. Pairing this with the rural-versus-domestic theme explains why the female characters have less stage time in the second act. Once the young men go out into the world to change it, they leave the women behind to endure the consequences at home.

The most important location in the play is Russia. Characters in the play frequently debate the idea of reality. In a sense, the world and Russia exist to the characters only in their perception of them. Michael and Belinsky seem to live in an imaginary “Russia,” and it is this imaginary country that is the most important place in the play. This idealized Russia, or a Russia of the future, is a utopia toward which all of the characters are reaching.