Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee’s play entitled “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” revolves around one central theme: the idealization of marriage in modern society. George and Martha are a disturbing couple who communicate through insults. Indeed, they provoke each other as if to animate they marital life; they put on a show in front of their guests, Nick and Honey. Throughout the play, Nick and Honey appear as the younger version of George and Martha, only more naive. At first, they seem to be the perfect couple. In the play, Nick is described as an ambitious good looking man and Honey as a young slim hipped woman. The older couple feels threatened by them. George and Martha play a series of games in order to measure themselves against one another; not only against each couple, but also individually. Martha seduces Nick in front of his wife to test her sexuality, her greatest asset. Indeed, she puts on a sexy dress, and talks about her sexual past in order to gain authority and power. George intimidates Nick with all sorts of questions; he teases him and interrupts him without really paying attention to Nick’s replies. Alcohol in the scenes at first serves as a way to mask true emotion throughout the evening. But Honey drinks excessively as she is not in her comfort zone, and we are revealed at the end of the play that the drunk young couple isn’t as perfect as they first appear to be.Through alcohol, the characters get rid of their illusions. At the climax of the play, Nick and Honey realize George and Martha invented their son, and vice versa, they realize Nick and Honey are not in love. Familial success in modern society could mean having children or being in love, and both couples reveal their own marital failure. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is a play that show the collapse of two marital fantasies. The power of failure

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