American Dream

Quotes

Important Quotations Explained

Quotes Important Quotations Explained

WHAT a masculine Daddy! Isn't he a masculine Daddy?

Mommy shares her approbation of Daddy when, having vacillated on whether they should carry through with the visit, he finally moves to open the door and allow Mrs. Barker into the apartment. This ostensible demonstration of Daddy's manliness under Mommy's pointedly exaggerated encouragement of course only serves to make him more into an infant. Notably, Grandma refuses to watch this vicious game. Mommy's exclamation is particularly significant in making apparent an aspect of Albee's drama potentially lost in its textual form: the violence of the actor's delivery. Mommy delivers her lines sadistically, her speech shaped by hyperbole, sarcasm, and the cruelest tone possible.