Hidden Desires In Harper's Dream

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At the beginning of the play, Harper is agoraphobic and dependent on Valium, and she spends most of her time hallucinating in her Brooklyn apartment while her husband, Joe, is away from home. She describes herself to Joe as “. . . mentally, deranged sex-starved pill-popping housewife” (Kushner 2011: 42). Her constant companion throughout the play is Mr. Lies, a hallucinated version of the travel agent who helped her and Joe book their flight from Salt Lake City to New York. It is interesting and ironic at the same time that, although Harper is afraid to leave the apartment, she constantly dreams of travel. This hidden desire of hers shows us from the very start that she has the desire to change and move on with her life, she is just too afraid

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