Get help with any kind of assignment - from a high school essay to a PhD dissertation
The Brothers Lee and Austin in Sam Shepard's American Siblings True West is an intense dramatization of the relationship between two brothers: Lee and Austin. As each scene progresses, the brothers rivalry and animosity towards each other become more and more apparent, building towards one emotionally involving climax. Throughout the drama, the characters undergo subtle changes as every brother subconsciously tries to absorb the component of the other brother's life which he believes could finish him. This role reversal is the critical instrument where Sam Sheppard shows the high degree of sibling competition. The play starts en medea res. Lee and Austin haven't talked to one another in a while, also Lee obviously resents Austin. In the conversation Lee almost has something to show to Austin. A few sentences into the dialog, Austin's estimation of Lee and Lee's hostile bitterness of the view become obvious: AUSTIN: I have too much to deal with here to be worrying about& LEE: Yer not gonna' need to be concerned about me! I've been doin' all right without you. I have not been anywhere close to you for five decades! Now isn't that true? (P. 8) Austin clearly believes of his own brother as a duty, and does not think of him as an equal, even less as somebody who can take care of himself. For Lee on the other hand, being looked down upon his younger brother will be insulting. Lee's response to his brother is instantly defensive. When the subject of Lee staying in their mother's home comes up, Lee snaps at Austin: AUSTIN: You can stay here as long as I'm here. LEE: I do not need your permission do I? And later, LEE: She might've just as easily asked me to look after her place as you. .