The disintegration of values is due to the materialistic yearnings by the individuals which cause harm to the family and community. Hence, it is not difficulty to conclude in Albee’s work that the local aspects are considered to be less important than the universal. The issue of the American Dream is cemented in the minds of the Americans and the aliens as well. It is criticized by people but Albee has given it a different look. The sardonic way of mourning over the false impression that surrounds the American Dream makes Albee’s work masterpiece. Henry Popkins in Edward Albee believes that, “an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, and emasculation and vacuity, a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen.” (26) The work is rich in elements of fiction among them, theme and imagery.
The play serves as an apologue of the way the American life has turned away under the ruse of the American dream. Mommy here serves as a sadist character, Dad is a weak character and Grandma is bitter. This play reveals what the American Dream left behind after its ‘timely’ death. Albee points straightly to the Young Man who represents the American Dream.