The Caucasian Chalk Circle


Disputes found in the Caucasian Chalk Circle n how they were resolved

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This short parable in the prologue sets up the structure of the play. There are two disputing parties, the goat-herders and the fruit farmers. Each group wants to claim the valley. However, the goat-herders have the claim that they were there first and should therefore keep the land, whereas the fruit farmers argue that they could put the land to better use. The Delegate moderating the debate chooses the fruit farmers because it is more logical for the person who can put the land to better use to get it. Check out the plot summary below to see how the theme of disputes are extended in the play.