Analysis Of Albee's "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?"


Analysis of Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is a drama
exploring the anxieties of modern life. By personalizing aspects of the
epic Albee has inverted many of its features to create satire. This
internalization pits individuals against each other and themselves. M. H.
Abrams's definition of epic, in his book "A Glossary of Literary Terms," is
used comparatively to demonstrate how Albee achieves satire.

Abrams's first definition of epic is the closest to which "Who's
Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" adhere- it is about a serious subject. The
seriousness of the play is developed through its language, which is not
elevated or ...

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their only weapon. As the play progresses the implications of
this become increasingly serious.

In an epic, Abrams explains that the "fate of a tribe, a nation, or
the human race" lies in the out come of the hero's battle. The battle
between George and Martha only affects their relationship and on this night
spills into the lives of Nick and Honey. Drunkenness exaggerates their
actions, so that the extremes of the situation are explored. This allows
the reader to experience feelings which may be outside their own experience.
George and Martha continually try to gain the upper hand in the
relationship by degrading each other. This degradation is an fact a type of
self loathing. For George it seems particularly acute. He can not come to
terms with his past both because he is not able rid himself of it and
Martha's insistence on making it public - on her own terms. George wants to
talk (or write) about his past and in so doing, let it go. This type of
vulnerability is unheard ...

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