Sticks and Bones is a play by David Rabe that captures the names of characters from the television and radio situation comedy “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”. The characters were depicting the real family with names David, Ozzie, Ricky, Harriet that was a perfect nuclear family and portrayed an ideal American family one that each American would have wished to be, a clan one would have been proud to emulate and know. The play by David Rabe, however, portrayed the same characters in a dark comedy, and has placed the depiction of an idealistic family during 1950s as a sitcom while America was attacking Vietnam as a mark of question. For certain, this juxtaposition of secure television humor of 1950s and the atrocious reality of 1970’s Vietnam War to make some apprehensions about television, war, the suburbs and the family. Among all the four the two chosen here for explanation are the war and family. The context of the play depicts the reality Rabe faced as being part of the Vietnam War. He has produced a linkage between materialism and self-worth. The play initiates with the returning of David from the Vietnam War as a wounded individual. He is not only physically damaged but also suffered emotionally during the period. Moreover, the writer has also portrayed through the mental state of David that he acknowledges that the fake reality of consumer culture of America portrayed by “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” during the post war era. The war had been signified by the writer as
something that really impacts the life of citizens on both sides.