December 15, 2021•299 words
The God of Carnage by Yasmina Rez and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf by Edward Albee explore how unresolved issues in relationships erupt during periods of stressful, aggressive, alcohol-fueled conflicts. Both meetings between two couples descend into chaos as marital issues are forcibly dragged out. For the characters, no one wins in the end. However, important elements that ignited the series of conflicts are resolved, Readers can infer that the relationship conflict has benefited because it has either been destroyed or at least acknowledged. These issues fuel the development of all the conflict, whether it is between those in a relationship or not. The violence is therefore a plot device, but reflects the emergence of order through chaos. In both texts, the process in which relationships benefit as a result of chaos is explored.
The God of Carnage by Yasmina Rez and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf by Edward Albee explore the eruption of relationship issues through stressful, aggressive, alcohol-induced conflicts. In The God of Carnage, two couples try to resolve a conflict between their children. They turn on each other after failure to support their desired images and become frustrated with their relationship roles. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf explores two couples employed at a university: an older couple and a new young couple. The older couple fight a proxy war through their guests, turning the evening into a competition of inflicting emotional pain supported by marital insecurities. Both meetings descend into chaos as marital issues are forcibly exposed. While no one wins in the end, underlying elements that ignited the conflicts are resolved. Readers can infer the relationships have improved. The violence is therefore a plot device, but reflects the emergence of order through chaos to show how relationships benefit as a result of chaos.