Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

by Edward Albee

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What do you feel is the significance of each character's name in this play? What effects did Albee achieve by not giving either couple a last name?

Discuss in depth the subtitles Albee gave to each act: "Fun and Games," "Walpurgisnacht," and "The Exorcism" (which was Albee's working title for the play as a whole). What do you feel is the significance of each of these subtitles to the plot and themes of the play?

Research the physical and emotional effects of alcohol. Does heavy drinking appear to be a factor in the behavior of the characters in this play? How do you think it affects George and Martha's marriage?

Discuss some of the significant puns or plays on words in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (including the one found in the title). What does Albee achieve by using them, in terms of humor, dramatic themes, and character development?

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