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Lee, Act I, Scene IV amily people. Brothers. ... Real American-type people. They kill each other in the heat mostly. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, National Review, New York Times Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Toasters & Kitchenware Symbolize ease and comfort but also domestic suffocation Typewriter Represents the manufacturing of art as a consumer good Symbols Desert Stands for possibility, independence, and life-threatening risks Charming Hollywood producer looking for the next blockbuster film Saul Kimmer Suburbanite with refined tastes; escapes her home to go to Alaska Mom Hostile desert nomad; steals from rich homes and longs for a secure life Lee Ambitious, responsible screenwriter seeking his big Hollywood break Austin Main Characters Shepard’s surreal plays skewer American images of cowboys, the frontier, the desert, and the suburban family. As an actor Shepard observed the artificial mystique of Hollywood westerns firsthand. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and starred in the films Days of Heaven (1978) and The Right Stuff (1983). SAM SHEPARD1943–2017 Author Brothers Austin and Lee seem like opposites: Austin is a hardworking scriptwriter, and Lee’s a homeless thief. When a Hollywood producer picks Lee’s idea for a “true-to-life” western over Austin’s script, the brothers turn on each other. A writing session gets ugly in this dark comedy. Showdown in the Suburbs OVERVIEW Austin wonders how genuine his stable urban life is and craves a way out. True Success Nature, the desert, and the Wild West offer adventure and lawlessness. True Freedom As the brothers start to inhabit their own story, they turn violent. True Danger English Original Language 1980 First Performed Sam Shepard Author True West Comedy Play

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