In Fool for Love, how does Sam Shepard treat the theme of the American Dream?
What role does the Old Man play in Fool for Love?
How is the emphasis on the men’s dead father significant in True West?
What is the significance of the title True West, and how is that significance perpetuated throughout the play? What props, auditory elements, names, and stories define the setting and attitude that are used to further the “true west” theme?
Consider the technique of the slow and subtle role reversal of the brothers in True West. Where does it begin to take shape? Where are the shifts, and how does Shepard use characterization to reveal them?
Consider the secondary theme of writing and the writing business. How does it play out as a significant message throughout True West?
What roles do the coyotes and crickets play in True West?
Critics have drawn parallels between Austin and Lee and animals that they represent. Which animals are each likened to in True West?
In Shepard’s works, much emphasis is placed on American iconography. What symbols of popular culture are present in True West, and what might each suggest in the context of the play?
Also relevant to many if not most of Shepard’s plays is the dysfunctional family unit. Considering a work such as The Late Henry Moss, then, would you say the work is universal? If so, how? If not, why not?
How do the characters in The Late Henry Moss express or show love?
Fool for Love is “haunted.” Though no actual apparition or specter appears in The Late Henry Moss, how is that play also haunted?