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What is the significance of the play’s various references to current events both in America (atomic testing, for example) and in Africa (the activities of Jomo Kenyatta, for example)? What about the allusions to American popular culture (Greta Garbo, for example) and to classical myth (as when George calls Walter “Prometheus”)? What, exactly, do these various references contribute to the play—both individually and collectively? What kinds of references and allusions are most typical of particular characters, and what do they tell us about those characters?
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