Men Should Weep’s setting reflects Depression-hit Glasgow in the 1930s. The action is confined to the Morrison’s cramped tenement flat, suggesting their lives have been limited by their circumstances.
What was happening in Britain at the time the play is set?
World War II
The 1930s Depression
World War I
What did the poor living conditions lead to?
The spread of diseases such as tuberculosis
A rise in obesity
The demolition of the tenements
How many young children live in the Morrison home?
What is the Morrison home often described as being?
Both of the above
When does the setting feel more tidy and hospitable?
On Bertie’s return
On Maggie’s birthday
At Christmas when John has found work
Why is it significant that all of the action takes place in the same setting?
To give the audience insight into the limiting and unrelenting nature of poverty
It implies that the characters don’t want their lives to change
It suggests that the Morrison family unit will always be able withstand hardship and suffering
Who has an important connection with the setting?
What is there always a lack of in the tenement?
Does John like the neighbours and their visits?
He is very grateful for their help and support
Yes, he always makes them tea
No, he finds them intrusive
What defines the Morrisons’ lives?