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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


by Edward Albee

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Dissatisfaction Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #1

Martha: Bette Davis comes home from a hard day at the grocery store […] into […] modest cottage Joseph Cotton has set her up in […] and she says, "What a dump!" […] She's discontent. (1.30-1.36)

Is Martha just taking about a movie, or could she be expressing dissatisfaction with her own home and husband in some sort of code?

Quote #2

George: there are easier things than being married to the daughter of the president of that university. […]
Martha: […] for some men it would be the chance of a life time.

The fact that George never went further in his career seems to be Martha's major source of dissatisfaction.

Quote #3

Martha: Georgie boy didn't have the stuff […] he wasn't particularly…aggressive. In fact he was […] A great…big…gat…FLOP! […]
SD: CRASH! Immediately after FLOP! George breaks a bottle against the portable bar

Up till now George's dissatisfaction with his failure had been revealed through subtext. This violent reaction of his part shows just how disappointed he is with his life.

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