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Edward Albee

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The title of the play is a pun on the song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" from Walt Disney's 1933 movie The Three Little Pigs. The wolf is a traditional symbol of danger. In this play the wolf represents the danger George and Martha face when their continual battles bring them close to the truth that their marriage is seriously flawed. George and Martha sing the song throughout the play, substituting "Virginia Woolf" for "Big Bad Wolf." Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was a British writer known not only for her feminism and modernist style but also for the way she aimed to live her life—without false illusions, which is completely contrary to the way George and Martha live their lives.


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