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In Edward Albees controversial play Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf religion plays a major yet often overlooked theme There are constant references to God and Jesus throughout the play in the third act The Exorcism George recites the Requiem for the Dead the Catholic funeral mass Throughout the play these religious references and the character of Honey come to symbolize the failure of religion Albee added these references to point out the fact that although religion is and has been ubiquitous it still gives no answers Most of the references to God and Jesus are swear words God damn and Jesus Christ and the like Even though these interjections are not the typical reference to God or Jesus they bring a sense of knowing into the plays setting The characters know about God and believe in Him Martha claims to be an atheist but that is doubtful because she especially uses God damn to get her point across and she gets very upset while George is reciting the Requiem She knows that God is there but wont admit it George recites the Requiem when his and Marthas son dies The requiem was designed to comfort those people whose loved ones had passed on so that they could let go However while George is reciting the requiem Martha is in hysterics She can not let go of her son and she is not comforted until George stops reading the mass The character of Honey is somewhat of a paradox She is the goody-goody preachers daughter on the surface with dark secrets held beneath She grew up surrounded by religion and it did practically nothing to shape her morals She appears to be the sweet passive pious woman that many preachers daughters grow up to be but we see more of her as the play goes on When Nick and George are talking outside for the first time Nick reveals that he only married Honey because he
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