-The story takes place in the early morning, when it’s still dark
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-a lot of cursing (God, Jesus Christ), absurd, shocking
-a lot of alcohol is consumed throughout the play
-Touches on certain taboos (both personal and social)
-Pregnancy before marriage (Nick married Honey because she was pregnant)
-George and Martha’s “son” is also a taboo to talk about
-George and Martha have an odd relationship
-They are constantly fighting, then getting along, then fighting (switching very quickly between
-they humiliate each other, “fun and games”
-Strange, almost non-sense language
-George says, “you hit…birds”
-Characters either don’t notice, or don’t want to react to each other’s verbal abuse, often acting
as though nothing was said
-Absurd treatment of guests
-George doesn’t even pretend to be pleased to see Nick and Honey
-Martha comes onto Nick
-George and Martha fight in front of the guests, sometimes with the guests
-The existence of George and Martha’s son is questionable at best, but is ultimately found out to be an invention of the couple. Why have an imaginary son?
-Honey has a dream (sounds, a bell?/cold winds/George mentions dead bodies
-Honey has dreams/enters dreamlike states or trances when she’s drunk