Study Questions and Essay Topics
What is the significance of the Young Man describing himself as a "type"?
Discuss the trope of emasculation in The American Dream. How does Mommy emasculate Daddy? How does the play portray Mommy?
What is the significance of Grandma's exit from the action at the end of the play?
Suggested Essay Topics
Discuss the tropes of disfigurement and deformity in the play.
Grandma describes the play as a comedy. What is the function of humor in this play?
What is the significance of Mrs. Barker removing her dress upon her arrival at Mommy and Daddy's apartment?
What is the significance of Grandma's boxes? Their wrapping?
What is the effect of Albee naming three of his principal characters Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma? Close read a passage to generate your argument.
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