Analysis Of Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

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Jose Almazan Mrs. Franks AP English III March 31, 2014 Satanism and the Undying Youth: An All-American Family As a 32-year-old man, emotionally tortured playwright Edward Albee, set out to create Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A controversial play that is hailed as one of the greatest in American history. Born in Virginia, he was adopted by a group of wealthy New York socialites and was forced to accommodate to their set of ethics and beliefs, following this sudden distortion Albee began a youthful revolt. He was expelled from two schools and dismissed from Valley Forge Military Academy; he later attended two final colleges; The Choate School and Trinity College, before being expelled again for not attending. Without a care for possible outcomes, Albee left his home for good by the end of his teenage years stating, “I never felt comfortable with the adoptive parents. I don't think they knew how to be parents. I probably didn't know how to be a son, either.” Possibly using the un-wanted past as reference, he created his characters George and Martha; a jilted wed couple that share in each-others fountains of youth and Dionysian fantasies, the pinnacle of a reckless household. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Is Albee’s depiction of the antithetical reality of a modern American Family; a subliminal story told throughout occult symbolism, uncomfortable wit and ramped mysticism. Eyes Wide Shut; released in 1999 by director Stanley Kubrick, follows a similar path as that of Albee’s play, with a wed, socialistic and wealthy couple. The story, unlike Albee’s, is one of redemption and peace in a marriage. Yet the characters face many obstacles like that of George and Martha, although in an adverse method. They are forced into an u... ... middle of paper ... ... due to truancy; and one lesser known fact, he studied the occult as a way to further his craft in writing. He was asked in his youth over symbolism in some of his earlier plays; and unlike most authors and playwrights, was known to keep things open over his allusions and metaphors. Albee was an intricate personality known for his complexity and ingenious literature. It would be a grief-stricken mistake; to call one of his plays nothing more than a drama. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is the story of a couple with sinister deeds and goals, on a quest for youth. As their fountain of wealth and pathological riches has finally dried up, they are left to steal it from a new young-witted couple. Albee introduces the reader to his Dionysian sabbat in a cacophonic environment, where most everyone and everything is shown as a mirror to a darker more sinister reality.
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