The Birthday Party Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Meg and Petey's conversation at the beginning of the play.

At the beginning of the play, Meg and Petey discuss the contents of the morning paper with Petey reading a birth announcement for a baby girl and Meg saying she would have preferred a boy and asking whether the breakfast is nice.

2. What is the nature of Meg and Petey's conversation regarding two potential borders near the beginning of the first act?

At the beginning of Act 1, Part 1, Meg and Petey discuss two potential borders, with Petey saying he had met two men the night before who asked if he had room in his house and Meg saying that they must have heard how nice her house is.

3. At the beginning of the play, what is the nature of Stanley and Meg's conversation regarding breakfast?

In Act 1, Part 1, Meg and Stanley discuss their breakfast. Stanley says his milk is sour, and Meg becomes upset and tells him that she won't bring him the rest. He says that he will just go out to a restaurant.

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