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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

by Edward Albee
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Power Quotes

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Quote #1

Martha: Our son does not have blue hair…or blue eyes, for that matter. He has green eyes…like me. George: He has blue, eyes Martha. (1.675-1.676)


Here George and Martha use the illusion of their son as a battlefield for dominance.

Quote #2

George: I've been drawing you [Nick] out on this stuff, not because I'm interested in your terrible lifehood, but only because you represent a direct and pertinent threat to my lifehood (2.217)


George openly admits that he's intimidated by Nick's youthful potential, and that he's seeking a way to undermine it.

Quote #3

Martha: You want to know what big brave Georgie did? George: (Advancing on her) You will not say this! […] Martha: He came home and he threw the book in the fireplace and burned it! (2.476-2.479)


Revealing the secret of George's novel is a major power play on Martha's part.

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