The Use and Misuse of Drinking in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1090 words)

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Critical Analysis of the full length play - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" by Edward Albee.

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The play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1962) by Edward Albee is a story of “emotional violence” embodied by a couple who tear each other apart “with psychological menace” (“Edward Albee” 1995). In this essay, the issue of drinking and of alcoholism will be used as a further tool to investigate the way in which the characters develop in the play, both regarding how they drink, and what drinking says about the fantasies they create. Thus, in this way, it is possible to see how “drink” is used to shape character development.
The essential nature of the plot is how two people construct imaginary worlds in which they build up and then destroy, and in the process exorcise their demons. A production of the play needs to show the characters dependency from the beginning....
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