Virginia Woolf and Edward Albee

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Changes in context may reflect changing values and perspectives. To what extent have you found this to be true in A Room of One's Own and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The presence of similar values in a pair of texts composed in different contexts shows the extent to which contextual change can affect universal values and perspectives. The varied treatment of these values may reflect the values and perspectives of the society, but may also reflect the author’s reaction to these values and perspectives. This is evident in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, published in 1929, and in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, published in 1963. Both these texts deal with the notion of truth, reality and illusion and also the value of women and patriarchy. However the way they portray these ideas/values and the extent to which they are different, show the changing values and perspectives of the two societies. Both Woolf and Albee value truth in their writing but the extent to which they individually treat this idea is different. This is because they focus on different elements of it and, where reality and illusion are vehemently pivotal to Albee’s text, Woolf has other focuses other than truth in writing. Woolf argues that truth is necessary in fiction and that it is the writers’ duty. Whereas Albee examines, through personal relationships, the importance of facing reality- irrespective of how painful the truth is. Woolf’s writing is influenced by a post WWI perspective and fuels her realisation that fiction as it was written before the war cannot be written in the same way because of the tragedies inflicted upon society. War inflicted horrors change society’s notion of reality and therefore in a post WWI context Wolf argues that the romantic illusion of 19th century poetry cannot be reproduced. Woolf uses direct quotation of nineteenth century poet

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