Kenneth Lonergan Writing Styles in This Is Our Youth

Kenneth Lonergan
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Dialogue-Driven Plot

The plot advances through dialogue rather than action, which occurs offstage. The dialogue reinforces the sense of the characters' self-absorption, especially in the case of Dennis, who pays little attention to what the others are saying. This occurs most notably at the end of the play, when Warren has just delivered a heartfelt monologue about his father's reaction to his sister's death. Dennis's response to Warren's question about his father being “totally by himself” is “I guess,” followed quickly by his attempt to shift the focus back to himself and his fear that Warren thinks ill of him.

Point of View

The play unfolds from a third person perspective. As there are only three characters in the play, their lifestyle and personalities are revealed through their words and actions. Darren and Warren come from the same world, having wealthy and dominating fathers, and now share the same...

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