Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Power Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
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.
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.
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.