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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Busiel is a Ph.D. candidate with a specialty in drama. In this essay he examines the bond between George and Martha: white their relationship may be antagonistic. Busiel proposes that it may be love that keeps them together.

The complexity of the marital relations between Martha and George is one of the central strengths of Albee's technique in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Audiences and critics alike were often repelled by the depth of George and Martha's viciousness toward one another. Time magazine commented that for Eugene O'Neill "marriage had its serpents, but they were invaders in Eden. To Albee, marriage seems to be a no-exit hell in which the only intimacy is a hopeless common damnation." Some criticism of the play suggested that it constitutes a critique of heterosexual relationships from a gay perspective (Albee has never acknowledged or denied being gay). This is one eminent...

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