Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf by SparkNotes
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Act 2, Part 1 Summary & Analysis
The title comes from rewriting the words to the children's song, "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? The song is significant because it ties together the themes of childhood and parenthood, reality versus fantasy, and career success. The couples in this play do not have any children and remain tied to their parents. Martha and George rely on Martha's father for his position and his paycheck. Honey and Nick rely upon Honey's father for the money that he left them. This song, bastardized from a children's ditty, shows how all four characters in the play still function more as children than they do as adults.
How It All Goes Down
Act One, "Fun and Games," opens at two o'clock on a Sunday morning as middle-aged couple George and Martha return home from a faculty party at a small college in the New England town of New Carthage. Over the course of the scene, as Martha bickers with George, we learn that George is a going-nowhere history professor, while Martha is the daughter of the college president. She soon informs him that she has invited a new member of the Math Department over for drinks. Martha also loudly sings, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Before their guests arrive, George warns her not to do "the bit about the kid.
The play takes place on a New England college campus, in the home of a professor, George , and his wife, Martha , the daughter of the college president. Martha and Honey excuse themselves to go to the restroom. George believes that Nick is in the Math department, but Nick explains that he teaches Biology, with a particular research focus on genetics. George accuses Nick of rearranging chromosomes in order to make everyone identical. Honey is followed into the room by Martha. When George leaves to get more alcohol, Martha begins telling Honey and Nick about the circumstances of their marriage.