-The story takes place in the early morning, when it’s still dark


-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

the two)

-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?

Confessions by Augustine

-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

Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Albee Surrealism," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019, https://schoolworkhelper.net/albee-surrealism/.

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