Edward Franklin Albee IIi : The American Dream, And The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?

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ENG3U0 Research Essay Edward Franklin Albee III is an American playwright mostly known for his works such as Who 's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Zoo Story, The American Dream, and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Albee is perceived to be a leader in the creation of the American absurdist drama theatrical movement. Specifically, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Opened on Broadway the same month the world was facing heated nuclear tensions between Soviet and U.S. powers during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 13, 1962. After six hundred sixty runs on broadway (Calta 53), we can appreciate Albee combining realism and absurdism in his real showcase of talent, that some may even see as a realistic examination of the modern condition. In other words, the modernism and surrealism combined in his dramas. Who’s Afraid of The Virginia Woolf? looks at the breakdown of marriage of the couple Martha and George. The middle-aged couple receive guests, Nick and Honey, who are forced into their bitter relationship. The three acts that follow, unravel a story that touches upon many central themes, in particular, the superficial of the American dream. In the most absurdist and modernist way, Albee, expresses his views surrounding the turmoil in America during the Cold War. Edward Albee echoes his response to the American public in Who’s Afraid of The Virginia Woolf? With George and Martha 's house acting as a microcosm for Albee to explore the issues that faced the 1950s public, he

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