Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Compare John Guare’s visual imagery in two plays.

Compare Guare’s musical imagery in two plays.

What are the thematic similarities of The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun?

Compare Guare’s treatment of dysfunctional families in two plays.

What is Guare saying about Roman Catholicism in The House of Blue Leaves?

How is show business a metaphor in The House of Blue Leaves?

Is the theory of six degrees of separation merely a plot device, or is it central to the themes of Six Degrees of Separation?

How is the 1980 film Atlantic City similar to Guare’s plays?