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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 a single emotionally involving climax Throughout the play the characters undergo subtle changes as each brother subconsciously attempts to absorb the part of the other brothers life which he feels might complete him This role reversal is the pivotal instrument in which Sam Sheppard shows the intensity of sibling rivalry The play starts en medea res Lee and Austin have not talked to each other in some time and Lee obviously resents Austin In the conversation Lee almost has something to prove to Austin A few sentences into the conversation Austins estimation of Lee and Lees hostile resentment of this view become apparent AUSTIN Ive got too much to deal with here to be worrying about LEE Yer not gonna have to worry about me Ive been doin all right without you I havent been anywhere near you for five years Now isnt that true P 8 Austin clearly thinks of his brother as a responsibility and does not think of him as an equal much less as someone who can take care of himself For Lee on the other hand being looked down upon by his younger brother is insulting Lees reaction to his brother is immediately defensive When the subject of Lee staying at their mothers house comes up Lee snaps at Austin AUSTIN Well you can stay here as long as Im here LEE I dont need your permission do I And later LEE She mightve just as easily asked me to take care of her place as you AUSTIN Thats right LEE I mean I know how to water plants P7 Throughout this scene Lees hostile attitude towards Austin constantly disrupts the flow of the conversation and is
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