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Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf

http://www.*.com/Reports/Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee

In Albee's play, he reveals the shallowness and meaninglessness of contemporary society, and exposes the falsity of "The American Dream". In doing this he refers to many different facets of society such as alcohol, social conventions, measures of success and corruption on a number of levels. Violence manifested in both language and action, reflect the frustration of the characters in not being able to live up to society's expectations. "The America Dream" is a life lived to, or close to, perfection. In brief, this perfect life is achieved by having a good education, go into a well paying career of which you enjoy, raising a family with the 2.5 children, and then finally dying in piece without ever having to look back on your life with disappointment. It is said that whoever has goals and sets them are capable of achieving them as long as they are willing to work hard for it. But "The American Dream" is just what is says, it is just a "Dream". It is a dream dreamt by many. An immigrant coming to America or any western civilization has these dreams. The dream of being able to live a life of perfection, a life of freedom. Edward Albee takes this "American Dream" and conveys it in it's true form in his play, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?. In writing this play, he exposes the falseness of "The American Dream" and shows the audience of what this "Dream" really consists of. When asked of what exactly "The American Dream" is, people often reply with uncertainty and doubt in their answers. "The American Dream" does have it's definition, but since it is only a "dream", reality in comparison is almost an exact opposite. Persons who are not famili...

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... son to get at each other's throats instead of having to do it directly. But Martha becomes so immensely involved in her "reality" that she has created which has combined true reality with hers that in the end, she has confused herself in that she is no longer to tell the difference between the true reality around her and the reality that she has created. "Truth and illusion. Who knows the difference?" Through the play. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee has been successful in conveying the falseness of "The American Dream". He has taken western society as it is today as whole and has shown his audience the reality of "The American Dream" in it's true form. He has stated that 'The American Dream" is only an illusion. The play is his, "demonic urge to expose what he takes to be the falseness of the American Dream" (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? study guide).
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