God of Carnage

Children consume our lives and then dest

Michael Novak

God of Carnage

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Brooklyn, New York. The Novak's living room.
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Monologue Context

Michael Novak is the husband of Veronica and the father of Henry (the boy who was

Monologue Text

Children consume our lives and then destroy them. Children drag us toward disaster; it’s unavoidable. When you see those laughing couples casting off into the sea of matrimony, you say to yourself, they have no idea, poor things, they have no idea, they’re happy. No one tells you anything when you start out. I have an old school buddy who’s just about to have a child with his new girlfriend. I said to him, a child, at our age, are you insane? The ten or twelve good years we have left before cancer or a stroke, and you’re going to screw yourself up with some brat?

Reza, Yasmina, God of Carnage, Dramatists Play Service, 2008, pp. 33.

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