Study Questions and Essay Topics
How does the story of Saint John the Baptist function in the play?
At the end of the play, Julie asks Jean to pretend he is the Count. What is the significance of this request in terms of the power relations in the play?
A number of critics have identified Strindberg's tendency to at once idealize and degrade his female characters. Discuss one example of this in Miss Julie.
Suggested Essay Topics
Strindberg is known as a father of naturalism. Choose one formal element of Miss Julie (action, character, setting, etc.) and discuss how it might relate to Strindberg's understanding of the naturalistic theater.
Discuss how the figure of the mother informs Miss Julie's character.
In his preface to the play, Strindberg describes Miss Julie as obsessed with animals. Discuss the role of animals in the play.
Discuss the figure of the Count. How does he appear (or not appear) in the play? What is the function of the various objects that indicate his presence?
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