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The Short History Of Night by John Mighton fervently seeks to expound upon the idea that societal disorder will eventually affect all levels of society despite any purposeful attempts to be detached whether physically using status or otherwise Throughout many facets of the play this thought is effectively echoed more particularly in the areas of set design sound and light design and character development The utilization of levels in the set design is sensibly used in what I believe a twofold purpose First and more obviously to create various physical levels on stage with the use of the raised circular portion as in the scene with Kepler and his soon-to-be wife sitting on a hill awaiting his prophesied comet or with the depiction of Tychos observatory On the other hand this rise in physical level also produces a platform for a higher level of observation or rationale Keplers wife while standing on this upper level would begin to ponder and question her husband on various topics possibly beyond her characters intelligence level as inferred by her husbands response It is ironic that she is also placed at this level as she is raving during her interrogation on her involvement with witchcraft Therefore following the same train of thought the use of this arrangement suggests that her examiners namely the Inquisitor are merely acting out of ignorance Most tangible however is the complete black appearance of the set that helps considerably to establish the notion that the play is a representation of place in a period of discord The darkness of the set creates a sense of eerieness and obscurity that draws the audience into the social upheaval of this period More interestingly over the course of the play this blackness extends into the allusion of the lurking evils of the society and its possible infiltration at any time on the unsuspecting Working in conjunction with the set to completely
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