Sam Shepard Writing Styles in Curse of the Starving Class

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Point of View

Since this is a play, the reader and audience have the advantage of being able to see the story from their own unique point of view. The action is presented straight out and not told through any specific character’s point of view removing character bias. This point of view also limits the looks inside of the character’s heads forcing the audience to make their own judgments about the motivations and thoughts of the different characters.

Setting

The play takes place in California. There is still farmland although this is being turned into suburban properties fairly rapidly. The action of the play never leaves the kitchen of the family’s farmhouse, although offstage events are spoken of. The concentration of the action in the room serves to draw the reader into the conversations and relationships between the characters more deeply.

Language and Meaning

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