Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf

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So far, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” by Edward Albee has been my favorite reading of this term. The play is quick paced and quite easy to read. There is no annoying imagery or pages of boring, descriptive paragraphs. The play, like most plays, is all dialect. It’s fun and keeps the reader turning the page, or at least me. Reading it, I enacted it in my head as though I was seeing the play in person. I could imagine everything vividly, and all of the dialect helps you to better know the characters. These first two acts were enjoyable to read. Martha’s character really annoys me. Though George and Martha are both partaking in this little “game” that they play with each other, it seems that Martha is ridiculously hypocritical about it. When Martha picks on George and singles him out in front of their guests, Nick and Honey, it’s alright in her eyes. However, when George fights back, she reacts as though she did not have it coming. Not only is Martha hypocritical about George fighting back, she also comes at him a lot harder than how he comes at her. Everything George says seems to be more so self-defense whereas Martha wants to tear George down. Martha gets really out of line in various parts of both acts and while Martha seems to only get angry at George’s remarks, George seems genuinely hurt by comments that she makes. I feel really bad for George. Though there may be more to the story than we know of so far, it seems that Martha is crazy and George has been having to put up with it for all 20+ years of their marriage. It’s not really so much of a game that they both play as it is a game that Martha forces George to play. If George didn’t play along, he probably would have been driven insane by her. George seems to really not enjoy “playing” sometimes. It appears that Martha pulls acts like these all the time and that it’s not the first time that she’s brought another man home with the intention of hurting George. Throughout both of acts one and two, Martha...
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