Study Questions and Essay Topics
Discuss how Austin and Lee are archetypes for the nature of the creative process.
Why is the pull of the desert so compelling for both brothers?
Although he never appears on stage, how does the old man influence the action of the play?
Suggested Essay Topics
Delineate how the brothers change roles over the course of the play. Use specific lines and actions as proof.
Discuss the significance and meaning of the title True West.
Discuss the distinction between "art" and "business" Shepard makes in the play.
Do you think True West is a naturalistic work of drama? Give evidence of the absurd and hyper-real in the play.
Why does Shepard warn directors against implanting a "concept" onto the play?
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