6 December 2012
Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf is a book based on reality; it shows us what we choose not to see. People tend to have unrealistic expectations. This leads us to disappointment. Though in the book, George and Martha tend to avoid disappointment. There is a fine line between reality and illusions and maybe nobody really understands the meaning of happiness. We tend to truly believe that our illusions are much better than reality. We encounter a few myths in the play that lead us to believe that they’re living their lives as a dream, which is explains why there are so many games and why Martha is so childish. In Albee’s view, Martha and George must face reality by abandoning their illusions. Throughout the whole book it is hard to know what the real truth is and what is actually just fictional because of all their false stories. This play is based on real life because, maybe we tend to do similar things like pretending we’re someone else or pretending that we’re happy when we’re really just not happy at all...Albee is trying to teach us a lesson, trying to teach us that creating illusions isn’t going to make you happier, it’ll only make you want what you can’t have more and more, and that you just have to accept life for what it is. The myths in the play are condescending, we want to believe they are true but they are not. The Myths of The American Dreams and success are a big part of this play as well as the myth of what an American man and Woman is because we continue to realise that the whole play is based on illusions and lies.
“For many people the ‘American Dream’ is an ethos that grants everybody the opportunity to achieve “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” (Declaration of Independence)” (Truth, Illusion and the American Dream in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" ,Jannis Rudski-weise, 2009),. In the play the American dream is a big theme because Martha and George are...