Critical Analysis of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" by Edward Albee.

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"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" was a play written by Edward Albee in the year 1962. It contains irony and bad humor, full of profanity and angst, but surprisingly a huge success. It was known as one of the best plays ever written by Albee and had won many awards and prizes. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" was consider a great work of literature. The theme concentrates on mind games and different illusions that separate reality from fantasy.

This play's opening scene started off with George and Martha, a married couple at their very messy home with the wife complaining about how their house was a "dump". Martha commanded George to go make her a drink and then told him that they will be expecting visitors. On a short notice, he was informed that a young good looking couple will be visiting, a handsome youthful man with a mousy looking wife.

George told Martha not to mention anything about their "son" and that started an angry argument between the two. The guests shortly arrived, right in the middle of their dispute and the awkwardness was broken when they were invited inside for a drink.

Their guests were Nick and Bunny, Nick being 28 years old and Bunny being 26, two years younger then her spouse. Nick was a new professor who just started working at the University that Martha's father ran. Martha thought he was in the Math department but mistaken as for he said he was a biologist and was in the Biology Department. After a few short conversations and a little of Martha flirting with Nick, the mind games have begun. Martha bought up a lot about their pasts and all of George's embarrassing moments that George wishes not to be reminded of.