Objective: From the very beginning of the play, we see the state of continuous conflict that is the relationship between George and Martha. The objective of this lesson is to understand the source of conflict in literature and how conflict manifests itself in drama.
1. Divide the class into two groups, one for George and one for Martha. Have each group think of five possible objectives for its character to explain why they bicker as they do.
2. For class discussion: Look at the possible objectives for these characters. Which objectives run in conflict with each other? Can you pinpoint a moment in this section of Act 1 where George an Martha argue about this particular topic?
3. For homework: Write a brief essay about a recent argument you had with a friend, brother, parent, or otherwise. State your objective in that moment and what your counterpart's conflicting objective might have...
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