Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? | Study Guide

Edward Albee

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Themes Characters use their ages, genders, roles, and statuses to attempt to control others. Balance of Power Success George is a failure to Martha because he has never achieved the status of her father. Nick and Honey are a "perfect" young couple, but their marriage has serious cracks. Image Illusion vs. Reality Survival in the modern world requires people to create illusions. Who’s Afraid ofVirginia Woolf?by the Numbers 1963 Academy Awards won for the 1966 film version, including Best Actress forElizabeth Taylor Year the play was recommended for the Pulitzer for best drama—only to be overruled by the advisory board 5 Performances inthe play's first run on Broadway, premieringOctober 1962, closing May 1964 664 GeorgeMiddle-agedhistory professor MarthaVoluptuous woman,daughter of thecollege president NickHandsome youngbiology professor HoneyTimorous, young, and "slim-hipped" woman Main Characters Martha, Act III you don't know the difference. ruth and illusion, George; Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc. Sources: Achievement.org, Biography.com, Denver Post,Edward Albee Society, Filmsite.org, The New York Times,The Paris Review, University of North Texas One of the world's most celebrated playwrights, Albee has won multiple Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards.His works strike a chord with their realistic and absurd reflections of the modern condition. In 1985 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. EDWARD ALBEE1928–2016 Author Symbols Wolf Represents the danger of looking at life closely and the importanceof illusions Education Represents the central focus of the characters' lives; fails to bring wisdom or fulfillment Religion Represents another social structure that fails to offer meaningto the characters' lives Children Represent the couples' mutual desire to have kids in the belief children will bring fulfillment Set in a college town in the early 1960s, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? describes the night George and Martha, a college professor and his wife, invite a young couple, Nick and Honey, to their home after a faculty party. With Nick and Honey as their unwitting audience, George and Martha act out the strife in their wretched marriage. The Breakdownof a Marriage OVERVIEW Act III:The Exorcism The couples' secrets about their marriages are revealed. Act II:Walpurgisnach George and Martha turn on Honey and Nick as Martha and Nick pair off. Act I:Fun and Games George and Martha draw Nick and Honey into their sick games. Edward Albee 1962 English Play Author First Performed Original Language Drama Who’s Afraid ofVirginia Woolf

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