Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2015, Page: 60-65
Illusion in Edward Albee Selected Play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”
Susan Raheem Rahman Jaf, School of Foreign Languages, English Dept, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei Province, Wuhan City, China; Dept. of English, Collage of Education Diyala University, Diyala Province, Iraq
Zhang Zaihong, School of Foreign Languages, English Dept, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei Province, Wuhan City, China
Received: Jun. 4, 2015;       Accepted: Jun. 29, 2015;       Published: Jul. 18, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.20150304.15      View  12314      Downloads  306
Abstract
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Exposes the plunge of moral values of the American family in the modern society in which materialism is Victorious. The play shows the deceptive appearances and moral disintegration of George and Martha. This paper attempts to outline the American dream and how the characters accept illusion as an escape from real life. The initial part provides us withsome information about the writer’s life and how he is influenced by the theater of the absurd, and the impact of the psychological approaches on Albee’s way of writing .The paper also proposes Albee as a modern playwright to recall and explain the community problems that help modern readers to understand his crises and his tragedy form. Superficially, the play seems to be about the illusion but in fact it examines and presents crises of the modern American values and their way of life. Thus, the play discloses the theme of illusion and social American crises through the bond of marriage of the two couples.
Keywords
Illusion, Social Crises, American Dream, Marriage, Psyche of Absurdity
To cite this article
Susan Raheem Rahman Jaf, Zhang Zaihong, Illusion in Edward Albee Selected Play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2015, pp. 60-65. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20150304.15
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