Teacher Guide

The Westing Game Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Westing Game

"The mystery is a game that's put together to accomplish another objective.... It's more about bringing these people together to play a game than it is about the game itself."

- Wayne Brinda, artistic director of Prime Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

At first blush, The Westing Game seems structured in the style of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. Its tone has hints of the ominous dread we have come to expect from the genre, but this formal tone is at the same time wry and subtly self-mocking as Raskin purposefully plays with the mystery form, constantly turning its focus away from the crime to look closely at her lonely collection of characters. Through a third person...

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