Woolf Essay

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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 familiar with this
reality and still dream this dream, has been falsely informed, and do not know what the
reality is. This reality is full of illusion, falseness, and deceit. In his play, Albee
takes western society as a whole and places it under one household. He shows what western
society is through his characters. He shows "The American Dream" in it's true form and not
as it has been put out to be. In just one night, factors of western society are conveyed -
violence, alcohol, lies, deceit, conflict, - along with those who participate. Through his
characters, Albee was able to reveal the different types of people who make up society
today. Each character represents the different approaches people have taken towards
reality and life. Those who are still young and have not really experienced life and are
therefore kind of clueless is represented by Honey while those who have had a good
education, has a bright looking future ahead of them, and looks to become very successful,
those who have been named "yuppies" are represented by Nick. He is "the wave of the
future". In a sense, "The American Dream" is actually represented by Martha's farther who
does not actually appear in the play but is frequently brought up into conversation by
George and Martha. "The American Dream" is something everyone wants and to get to it they
must follow a blueprint. This blueprint is Martha's father. He is someone who is looked up
to by others and these others try to replicate him. His steps should be followed directly
and if so, there you have "The American Dream". But followers aren't always successful in
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