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Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” A Tragedy

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This 4 page report discusses “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” by Edward Albee in the context of tragedy. The play is not generally classified as a “tragedy” as much as it is thought of as by the euphemistic term “modern drama.” Yet, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” quite likely serves as much as a tragedy as any of the so-called “classic” tragedies from ancient Greece or even Shakespeare. No secondary sources.
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Women's Rights in the Works of Virginia Woolf
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A 10 page paper examining the presence of a woman's rights agenda in Virginia Woolf's fiction and essays. The paper concludes that while there is abundant evidence of feminism in Woolf's work, she definitely did not hate men, and sought to portray them as justly as their female counterparts. Bibliography lists 12 sources.
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Feminism In The Works Of Virginia Woolf
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An 8 page paper analyzing Virginia Woolf's feminist leanings in her novels and essays. Woolf assumed that a person's gender had little impact on the way they thought, and that the world, in fact, was grievously at fault for assuming that it did. Bibliography lists twelve sources.
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Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” -- Only Available to Those Who Can Afford It
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This 6 page report discusses “A Room of One’s Own” written by Virginia Woolf in 1929. The report presents the view that even though Woolf points out the marginality of women in most of her works, her position as a well-educated and upper-class member of society, is seen in her perspectives regarding the proper place of working-class women. No secondary sources.
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Changing Times in Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway”
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A five page paper analyzing Virginia Woolf’s novel in terms of the way it illustrates the social changes England experienced in the years immediately following the First World War. The paper argues that Virginia Woolf shows in Mrs. Dalloway a safe, protected world that is passing away, together with the horror of those who perceive there is no safety net there at all. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Freudian Implications In Woolf's To The Lighthouse and A Room Of One's Own
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Virginia Woolf is known as one of the most influential modern writers of the early twentieth century. Her works include: Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, Orlando and A Room Of One's Own. She has been regarded as a feminist and as an innovator in the art of writing. Both of these appellations are imminently applicable to A Room Of One's Own and at odds with To The Lighthouse. A Room of One's Own was the first book to use stream of consciousness as a form of writing and, primarily for this reason, it has been labeled as a 'psychoanalytic' novel. This 15 page paper proposes that the writings of Virginia Woolf, specifically the stories: A Room of One's Own and To The Lighthouse, are prime examples of the feasibility and worth of Freudian theory. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
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The major theme of Edward Albee's most prominent play, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, seems to be that cruelty and violence are not only inherent in the nature of Man but that they also play a significant role in some relationships. This 5 page paper explores the characters of George and Martha as well as their relationship as portrayed by Albee. No additional sources are listed.
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Man And Woman In 'To the Lighthouse' By Virginia Woolf And 'Wife of Bath's Tale' By Geoffrey Chaucer
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A 5 page paper which compares the relations between man and woman depicted in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Wife of Bath's Tale' from The Canterbury Tales. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Two Central Couples in Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
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This 5 page paper provides a view of the two central couples in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. This paper compares and contrasts central elements of the two couples and the characterizations of George, Martha, Nick and Honey. No additional sources cited.
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The Importance Of Illusion And Truth In Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf'
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This 5 page paper consider the impact of Albee's use of illusion and symbolism regarding truth in his work Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. This paper not only considers these elements, but focuses on the struggles of George and Martha and their fictitious child. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Comparison/ Virginia Woolf & Phyllis Bentley
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A 5 page analysis of Virginia Woolf's short story 'The Legacy' and Phyllis Bentley's 'Love and Money.' The writer examines similarities and differences in the two stories between their themes and plots, arguing that the differences lie, for the most part, in the way that each author used characterization. No additional sources cited.
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Gender: James Joyce and Virginia Woolf
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A 5 page paper which discusses the various uses of gender in "The Dead" by James Joyce and "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf. Problems of human relationships are discussed in the context of the stories as well. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Virginia Woolf's 'To The Lighthouse' / Co-Dependency
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A 7 page paper discussing the relationship between the central couple in Virginia Woolf's novel. The paper notes that Mrs. Ramsay relieved her husband of the job of appearing generous, sensitive, and compassionate; Mr. Ramsay relieved his wife of the need to appear assertive and self-directed. After her death, however, he learns to combine both roles. Bibliography lists ten sources.
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Virginia Woolf's 'The Waves' / Importance Of Bernard
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Through the use of the six speakers, symbolism, and a number of other literary techniques, Woolf shows us the growth & development of this character in her story. This 2 page essay argues relevant points-- demonstrating how Bernard was actually Woolf's central character around whom her entire theme revolved. No other sources cited.
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Classism in Woolf and Stoppard
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A seven page paper discussing social class and its impact on the lives of characters in Virginia Woolf's 'A Room of One's Own,' 'Orlando,' and 'To the Lighthouse,' and Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia.' The paper observes that many of Woolf's feminist arguments and all of Stoppard's intellectual ones would have had no meaning to working-class people of the nineteenth century. No additional sources.
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Gender in Woolf’s “Orlando”:
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A seven page paper looking at the issue of gender and its impact on behavior and personality as developed in Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel. The paper explores Woolf’s argument that gender quite literally does not matter, and the fact that society makes so much of it is what is wrong with society. No additional sources.
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Modernism in Eliot and Woolf
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A five page paper showing how T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf consciously defined modernism in their critical essays and employed it in their works. Specific works discussed are Woolf’s “The Metaphysical Poet and Modern Fiction” and “The Mark on the Wall,” as well as Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent” and “The Waste Land.” No additional sources.
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James Joyce's "The Dead" And Virginia Woolf's "The Legacy": Relationships
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5 pages in length. Love is often not enough to sustain a relationship between two people, which has been effectively demonstrated in both The Dead and The Legacy. Joyce's Gabriel and Gretta Conroy and Woolf's Gilbert and Angela Clandon represent the epitome of disguise by existing within a relationship under the illusion of love. The writer discusses how the Conroy's and the Clandon's address the issue of marriage in very different ways. No additional sources cited.
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Gender and Modernist Implications of Selected Portions of Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves”
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A 6 page analysis of Virginia Woolf’s thematic presentation of women and their role society. Rather than resorting to the stereotypical images of women which so much predominated literature at this point in history, Woolf exposes us to a view of women which suggests independence and fortitude. Through this work we are presented with a significant reconsideration of culture and gender and pertinent observation on the way people act within a specific cultural context to deliberately alter those very contexts. Suggest that in many ways this book appears to be written in direct opposition to the concepts of Straussian theory, a theory of binary opposition between nature and culture which revolves around the economic value of the wife in a patriarchal society with the contention the woman was not a subject but an object to be bartered in the interest of promoting the all-important male status. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Septimus and Clarissa in Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway”
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A 5 page paper looking at this novel by Virginia Woolf in terms of the way the central characters depict the changing social mood between 1914 and 1925. The paper argues that the war destroyed the enormous sense of complacency which was the nineteenth century’s legacy to the twentieth, and this is illustrated by these two death-obsessed characters. Bibliography lists two sources.
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“Representations of General Nature” in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” vs. Woolf’s “A Haunted House”
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A five page paper looking at these two stories, by William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf respectively, in terms of how well they conform to Samuel Johnson’s observation that good stories should present “representations of general nature” -- in other words, reflect common experience. No other sources.
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Modernism in Eliot and Woolf
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A nine page paper looking at Virginia Woolf's novel "Mrs. Dalloway" and T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" in terms of the way they serve as examples of modernism. The paper asserts that their dense allusive and associative structure was necessary to render adequately a modern consciousness of the world. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Feminism and Change in Chopin and Woolf
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An eight page paper comparing two short stories from the turn of the twentieth century: 'A Respectable Woman' by Kate Chopin and Virginia Woolf's 'A Society.' The paper shows how in their treatment of feminism, each refutes the restrictive character of Victorianism and welcomes the Modern age. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse
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A 5 page paper which discusses the concept of modernity. The paper also addresses issues of realism within the novel. No additional sources cited.
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Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs. Dalloway' / Death & Duality
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A 16 page paper examining the representation of death as illustrated by the characters of Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Smith. The paper postulates that the eminently sane socialite Clarissa and the mad veteran Septimus are actually flip sides of the same coin, two fragile reminders of our own mortality. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?' / The ‘Other' Couple
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A 6 page paper discussing Honey and Nick, the young couple who witness the rages of George and Martha in Edward Albee's classic play. The paper contends that their experience at George and Martha's house changes Nick and Honey as well, causing them to become more aware of themselves and compassionate toward each other. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?' / Nick, Carthage & The Punic Wars
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A 5 page paper that analyzes the use of allusion in Albee's play, especially as it relates to the character of Nick, and the connection to ancient literature and history. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Mark on the Wall - Virginia Woolf
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5 pages in length. This short story by Woolf seems to be non-related ramblings on all different manner of topics; it is, however, all tied together into thoughts of war, and society in general. This excellent paper analyzes what is actually going on in the mind of the narrator. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Under the Queen's Umbrella: Woolf and West
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(9 pp.) An odd assemblage of characters living under the English Queen Mother's umbrella presents itself for our discussion: Virginia Woolf and Rebecca West. It is almost a toss up if the authors are more real or if their characters are. Critical discussion also includes Gilbert and Gubar (1990), Mark Girouard, and Margaret Higonnet Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Aristotelian Considerations In Cinema
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A 5 page paper that compares the play formulae laid out by Aristotle with the film versions of 'Much Ado About Nothing,' 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' ? Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Comparison of "Mrs. Dalloway" & "Housekeeping"
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A 2 page comparison between Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. The writer concentrates on the similarities between the authors' use of point of view. No additional sources cited.
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Childhood Revisited; To the Lighthouse
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This 5 page paper looks at the book 'To The Lighthouse' by Virginia Woolf and the way in which this can be seen as the retelling and rewriting of her own childhood in both the physical circumstances as well as events and characterisations. The bibliography cites 1 source.
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Stream Of Consciousness In Mrs. Dalloway
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This 6 page paper explores the meaning of stream of consciousness writing and then examines three pages from Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway to learn how stream of consciousness works to develop character, setting and plot. No additional sources are listed.
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Katherine Mansfield: Her Life And Work
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A 12 page paper. Katherine Mansfield lived for only 34 years but made a lasting impression on the world. She was an unconventional woman who wrote in an unconventional way. She was a contemporary and friend of D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. This essay provides some insight into her life and discusses some of her works and the symbolism therein. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Characters of Mrs. Ramsay and Lily Briscoe in Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse”
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A 5 page paper which compares these two feminine protagonists. No additional sources are used.
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Modern Literature
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This 5 page paper provides a tutorial for an essay based on the thesis: The form of free verse as seen in the poem, The Wasteland, by T. S. Eliot and the stream of consciousness style employed by Virginia Woolf in Mrs. Dalloway are examples of the creative form as well as inclusive of emotional content as defined as high modernism. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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A Comparison of the Modernist Themes of Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs Dalloway” and Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice”
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An 8 page overview of the complexity of emotions and inner feelings which characterize each of these novels. Asserts that the authors have been shaped by a variety of factors, not the least of which was the Modernist movement which was prevalent during their careers. The relevance of the writings of Freud, Nietzsche and Strauss are also commented upon. These authors even serve as introductions to the concept of homosexuality, a concept which was characteristically shuffled into the background by most other authors of the time. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Themes of Male Cruelty in Literature
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This 9 page paper examines Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and explores the gender relationships in each. Male cruelty, mental illness and isolation are discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Modernism in Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” Andre Gide’s “The Counterfeiters,” Thomas Mann’s “The Joker” and “Death in Venice”
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A 5 page paper which examines the texts as a way of illustrating and defining literary modernism. Bibliography lists 12 sources.
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