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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

CastElizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
Year released1966
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As the story unfolds we may wonder whether the death of the 16 year old son Martha and George describe to Honey and Nick might explain the emotional conflict in their marriage. Only near the end do we learn that they have never been able to have children.

Nick: "Honey had a hysterical pregnancy." (0:50)

George tells Martha, "I think I'll have you committed." (1:23)

All four characters drink almost continually throughout the film.

As a couples psychotherapist could you work with these two if they were still drinking? How might you intervene? Have Martha and George resolved any of their problems during the night? Maintaining a facade of normalcy in their marriage seems to depend on avoidance of toxic issues. Would helping them to discuss them likely pay off? Could George have had Martha committed at the time when the story is set?

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