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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? Philosophical Viewpoints: The Absurd 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 #7

Nick: You're all crazy: nuts.
Martha: Awww, 'tis the refuge we take when the unreality of the world weighs too heavy on our tiny heads.[…]Relax; sink into it; you're no better than anybody else. ( 3.18-3.19)

This statement seems to be saying that we all take shelter in absurd illusions.

Quote #8

Martha: HAH! I'm a Gatling gun.
Nick: (In wonder) Aimless…butchery. Pointless. (3.65-3.66)

This interchange could be pointing out the absurdity of war as well interpersonal conflicts.

Quote #9

Martha: Truth and illusion, George; you don't know the difference.
George: No, but we must carry on as though we did.
Martha: Amen. (3.161-3.163)

This basically sums up absurdist philosophy. We don't know what's real, or if anything we do has any meaning at all, making everything we do essentially absurd. Still, though, we have to do something, right?

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