Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? PDF
By Edward Albee
This contemporary American play watches a night with and the lies they fabricate approximately themselves to maintain on dwelling. it's a vicious and haunting drama.
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George’s trick with the toy pop gun which shoots out a Chinese parasol is a fun type of party game. ” The surprise of the pop gun, then, is George’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 46 “springing something” on Martha. 11. ” Later on, other games such as “Snap the Dragon” and “Peel the Label” will also be played. 12. Early in the act when Nick threatens to leave because he fears that he has intruded upon a private family argument, George tells him it’s all a game—that we are “merely . . exercising .
He becomes vindictive by throwing snapdragons at Nick and Martha as though they were spears. As George tells us, the games that they play are getting more serious. The game of this scene, “Snap The Dragon,” carries overtones of viciousness. ” George’s vindictiveness could be interpreted (as it has been by some critics) as a desire to take out his resentment against Martha and Nick because they have “cuckolded” him. However, in terms of the larger structure of the “games people play,” George has already conceded to the idea of Martha and Nick’s sexual encounter at the end of Act II.
Thus in one way or another, most of the behavior of the evening can be classified as a game whether names and rules for the games are established or not. Implicit also in the term “game” is the idea that a game must have a set of rules. When the rules are violated, then the game takes on other characteristics. George and Martha’s life together has been one in which they have consistently played games, but the rules have often been changed. ” Until this night, their game about their kid has been one in which there was only one rule—that is, that the entire game must remain completely private between them.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee