A Failure to Face Reality in a Comparative Study of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

Hossein Alikhan Pour shah abadi


Following the second half of the 20th century, people looked for success either in their business or in their life. Both Miller and Albee attempted to test the American society, the people's materialistic outlook and their unknown destiny. Neither Willy in Death of a Salesman nor George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? can have a clear picture of reality in their lives. Man’s failure to face reality and to deal with it without being overwhelmed and destroyed is depicted here. Willy’s superficiality, immorality, talkativeness, deteriorating health and George’s phoniness, pettiness, unwillingness to face the truth all and all lead to their downfalls in the end. This essay portrays how man is not able to identify in order to attain his objectives in this world. It will be shown that the aforementioned flaws in man will lead to either one’s death or at the expense of one’s complete failure in life.


destiny; reality; superficiality; flaws; Miller; Albee; failure

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