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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Autumn Azizian

on 29 March 2011

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Transcript of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Martha George Honey Nick Unreliable Reliable? Martha is a heavy drinker Believes she and George have a son; not valid. "Look, sweetheart, I can drink you under any
table you want... so don't worry about me!(page 16)" Protagonist Antagonist Strips George of his pride Demeaning Exposes all of George's faults
& failures to Nick & Honey George toys with her emotions Verbally attacked Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Reference to: Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Martha's 'Big bad wolf'
is facing reality. She lives in almost a false reality Their imaginary son drunkeness Martha represents the juggernaut
of the play.
She is both the antagonist and protagonist
She illustrates the theme of illusion of reality Once George crushes the illusion
of her son, she is able to come back
to reality; renewal of her mind. lives in illusions No Simple & Sweet Delicate
Slim- hipped - could not bare children Naive ; sheltered Nick
"Oh sure. So i'm going to be a personal screwing machine!
Isn't that nice.
(Her hands over her ears)
Dear, you mustn't...you mustn't...you mustn't.(page69)" New Professor
Young - 28
Handsome Character Foil First glance, complete opposites As the novel progresses the parallels are more apparent Violence Complicated marriages, flaws, etc. Characterization is achieved
through dialogue & action. Martha (cheerfully) That's right. You hit it...right on the spot.(Seeing george exiting)Where do you think you're going? George We need some more booze, angel. Martha Oh. (Pause) So, go. George Thank you.
(Seeing that George has gone) He's a good bartender... a good bar nurse. The S.O.B., he hates my father. You know that? Nick
(Trying to make light of it) Oh, come on. Martha
(Offended) You think i'm kidding? You think I'm joking? I never joke... I don't have a sense of humor. (Almost pouting) I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor. (Affirmatively) I have no sense of humor! Honey
(Happily) I haven't, either. Nick (Half- heartedly) Yes, you have, Honey... a quiet one. Honey
(Proudly) Thank you. Page 76 Significance to theme Lives in illusions Marrying for money
False pregnancy Sexuality Apparent throughout the novel.
Used as a great tool of persuasion by the characters.
Nick was seduced by Martha. Martha You know what I'm doing, George? George No, Martha... what are you doing? Martha I'm entertaining... I'm entertaining one
of the guests. I'm necking with one of the guests. Martha's unpredictable husband. Sad Younger than Martha Irascible Sexual A
Drink You don't know what to expect Insulting George can be calm one
minute, enraged the next George
(To Nick... a confidence, but not whispered) "Let me tell you a secret, baby. There are easier
things in the world, if you happen to be teaching at a
university, there are easier things than being married to the daughter
of the president of that university. There are easier things in the world." page 27 George is also afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Lives his life in a drink, meaning, the force of reality
is lifted by the consumption of alcohol.

Imaginary son

Disfunctional Marriage Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Characterization
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