Edward Albee & Virginia Woolf - the Historical Subjugation of Women Has Left a Bbitter Legacy

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The historical subjugation of women has left a bitter legacy. To what extent do Woolf and Albee show this view?
The subjugation between the genders throughout history has led to hostilities amongst them over time. A Room of One’s Own and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, written by Virginia Woolf and Edward Albee respectively, both explore the contextually relevant gender roles and gender politics. Both texts demonstrate the statement to be true, however Woolf’s text explores how throughout history, gender roles within patriarchal society have been represented, whereas Albee’s text analyses the standings between the genders in a post WWII context. Both texts can be seen to be regarded as being written outside the values and ideas of the context they were written in. Woolf’s polemic can be considered very post-modern with the values it presents and Albee’s play can be categorised as a more modernist text due to the way it presents equality between the genders as being dysfunctional. Both Woolf and Albee’s texts discuss social equality between the sexes. Virginia Woolf is optimistic about equality between the sexes. During the Modernist period, when Woolf was writing, society was dominated by the patriarchal and there were distinct differences between the ways the two sexes were treated. When Woolf discusses the women’s food, she uses plain prose, short sentences and repetition to juxtapose and contrast the inequity between men and women. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well” alludes to the inequality and injustice between men and women. In comparison Edward Albee is pessimistic about equality and in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? social equality between the genders is represented as being dysfunctional. The boxing match between Martha and George that is referenced is a prime example of the gender conflict presented in the text and exemplifies the challenge to masculinity. Albee, in comparison, looks to reassert the superiority...
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