Analysis Of Edward Albee 's The Goat Essay

1427 Words Dec 14th, 2015 6 Pages
Think of tradition, convention, and normality. These are parts of society that allow people to bond over commonalities and provide a basis for the culture that each person exists in. Each factor of society allows people to interact on a normal, day-to-day basis, and serves as the general foundation for civility. In Edward Albee’s The Goat, each of these integral parts of society are stretched and strained by the protagonist through certain acts deemed vile by his family and peers. The performance of these deeds calls for a questioning: a questioning of whether or not these acts represent an idea greater than the act itself, and a questioning of what Albee is attempting to convey by pushing boundaries with this wayward behavior.
In The Goat, Albee presents the main character Martin, who, on the surface, appears to be your everyday, average, family-man. He is a middle-aged architect that has friends, family, and success. In the early stages of the play, Albee leads the reader to believe that life in Martin’s household is that of any normal family. Initially, nothing of great importance appears to happen; just some teasing between husband and wife over ordinary things while awaiting the arrival of a family friend, Ross. However, many small things are happening that clue the reader in that something else is going on. What Albee does is simply set up this rather mundane scene for the bombshell of news that Martin is about to drop on Ross, and in turn, his family. When Martin…

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