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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

One of the play's themes is the attempt to get below the conventional surface of life to the reality or authentic heart of who people are—to face the big bad wolf lurking inside of us. George and...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018 9:28 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Albee uses Martha, with her "braying" laugh and incisive mind, to challenge traditional 1950s and early 1960s stereotypes of femininity. Martha is nothing like the typical women, such as Honey, who...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 3:24 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Throughout the play, George and Martha spar viciously with one another and with their guests. It is unrelenting, but Martha has makes one mistake: she mentions their son to someone else, thus...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2008 7:34 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The title of the play is actually a twist on a child's nursery rhyme/ Disney song. The song "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?" is something that Disney copyrighted in his film, The Three Little...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011 4:27 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In the last line of the play, George says, ironically, "I am, Martha, I am", by which Albee dramatizes the codenouement final resolution between him and Martha, a shouting match built on mutual...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012 6:57 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The imaginary son of George and Martha is an illusion both of them share. They pretend they have a son so as to seem more normal by the standards of American culture, which prizes the nuclear...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019 3:45 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

At the beginning of Act III scene 1 in this masterful play, Martha enters alone, after a failed sexual encounter with Nick because he was unable to follow through with the act. So much of this play...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2013 6:23 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is set on the campus of New Carthage in New England because it is the site of many of America's best colleges, the home of the oldest, most historical sites in...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 1:20 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Although there is a moral to Albee's play, namely, that many people are afraid of living lives without illusion, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf [the meaning of the title according to Albee] defies...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2011 7:15 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? characters yell all kinds of incantations, curses, exclamations, and prayers. There's "Snap!," "Poof!," "Nuts!," "Jesus!," "Amen" and "Ha!" All these are part...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 3:25 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The toxic environment at the core of Edward Albee's 1962 play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is established and explored almost immediately. The first scene opens with the two protagonists,...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2021 3:54 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Freud's theory of the unconscious argues that most of what goes on with humans is at an unconscious level. We are like icebergs: what occurs consciously to us represents a tiny portion of who we...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020 5:32 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

We see the parent-child relationship between Nick and Honey unfold throughout the play. Honey is timid from the first time we see her, warning, “I told you we shouldn’t have come.” She speaks...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020 5:29 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nick and Honey become collateral damage in the war between George and Martha. They are innocent victims. George and Martha are absolutely ruthless. Fueled by alcohol and their own unhappiness,...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2010 1:08 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

I think I would say that alcohol abuse is more a symptom of underlying problems than the immediate cause of problems. Of course, abuse of alcohol can in turn lead to other problems (such as drunk...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 2:19 pm UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In Mike Nichols' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Martha calls herself the "Earth Mother"; she toys with men who she calls "flops." None of them, George or Nick, live up to her ideal man,...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 3:55 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

I would say that there are specific elements of the drama that can connect to current international tensions. Naturally, the referential point to specific aspects of the Cold War might seem...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2015 11:29 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Yes, love is a major theme in the work. I would consider one theme to be the complexity of marriage. George and Martha hate each other, but they married for love. By contrast, Honey and Nick...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2012 4:27 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Yes, the eNotes study guide for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? features critical essays which you can find by looking at the grey box on the left side of the study guide. There is a "Critical...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019 7:40 am UTC

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf most definitely qualifies as “absurdist” in the degree to which it eschews conventional narrative and rejects the notion of a well-structured universe....

Latest answer posted December 11, 2014 5:26 pm UTC

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