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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Sophia Hastings

on 27 September 2012

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Transcript of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

By Sophia Hastings
Mia Kwechin
John Kelly
Lauren Martin Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? By Edwarld Albee Research Albee also used the style of absurdism, which is
the belief that humans live in a world that is insane and crazy.
Both Martha and George are absurd characters as it is not clear why they are so mean to each other. They are not satisfied with their lives, and fill that gap with an imaginary child because Martha is unable to get pregnant. They have strange logic that is rather irrational. Biography The entire title of the play is symbolic to the question, "Who's afraid of reality?"
The title is also repeated throughout the play whenever Martha starts revealing too much about her and George's life
George and Martha were symbolically named after George and Martha Washington, to display how America has failed to be what the Washingtons had wanted Literary Criticism I think you mean, Hoo's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Conclusion The steps taken during the research period included collecting information from various virtual resources such as, Gale virtual reference library, criticism from alley theater, the online BOCES library system, and the biography of Edward Albee found on Academy of Achievement.
The mistakes made during research were not taking full advantage of the physical resources provided by the library. However we did get biography information from "The Cambridge Companion to Edward Albee"-edidted by Stephen Bottoms
Mistakes were rectified by using the library's online resource.
Most of the resources used were provided by the library, and if they were not, all the information found was double and triple checked.
The sources found, answered our questions directly and elaborated on the subjects of which we were researching. Through our research, we were able to conclude that his early childhood and his separation from his parents later in his life created a source of chaos. This chaos was reflected throughout his works, especially in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." Literary Devices Themes in the Play What is reality? We can see this question come up in many points during the play. The overall idea of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is asking the reader to question what is real and what we make up. Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928, and was raised by his adoptive parents in Larchmont, New York. Style of Writing Albee's adoptive parents weren't satisfied that Albee wanted to pursue a life in the theater. Albee also alludes many times throughout the play, such as Virginia Woolf herself, the Cold War, and Shakespear. I'm not afraid! Albee's parents would have preferred him to have the life of a businessman. Albee left the house at the age of 20 and never saw his father ever again, he didn't see his mother for 17 years. THE END! Chaos is another theme in the play. We can see that the majority of conversations between any of the characters involve chaos or insanity in some manor.
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