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Comment of the double exposure of the lives of the two couples in "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf" by Edward Albee."

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Comment of the double exposure of the lives of the two couples in "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf" by Edward Albee." In the First act of "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf", Edward Albee introduces the two couples involved, (George and Martha and Nick and Honey) as well as brings to light information and themes that will be developed throughout the duration of the next two acts. One of the most important theme explored is on that debates illusion as opposed to reality; both couples have been forced to create illusions because reality has become too difficult and too painful to face. As the play progresses we learn that underneath the guise of the characters' surface facade, lies a mask that conceals their real selves. ...read more.

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however, there are moments of tenderness that contradict this loathing. George tells Nick not to necessarily believe what he sees; some of the arguments are for show, others in the aim of staging challenge just for the sake of it, whilst indeed some are intended to hurt the other. However, after proving Nick impotent, Martha declares that George is the only man that can make her laugh, stand her insults, tolerate her habits and play games with her. He is the only one, despite all his faults, who can satisfy her physical and emotional needs. The creation of George and Martha's son, embodies their desperate need for illusion in a life, too bitter to digest or too bland to bear. ...read more.

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He also has and ulterior motive in mind- her father is wealthy and Honey is sure to inherit his wealth! Nick is the one who admits to all of this and the fact that he is willing to sleep around in order succeed in his career is certainly not a sign of a devoted husband. On the other hand, Honey chooses to ignore that she does not share an intimate relationship with her husband, and pretends to ignore George's hints about the adultery that his wife and her husband are committing in the next room. In conclusion it can bee seen that both couples present a "double exposure" within their respective relationships and in the outer realms of society. Their ulterior motive is usually driven by an innate desire for escapism from a relationship that is not quite so fulfilling as they would hope. ...read more.

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