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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(Only the Ones Who Do Not Read Her Work)
by Alex Andy Phuong

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? remains one of the most celebrated (but also controversial) dramatic works in American theater.  The equally famous film adaptation earned Elizabeth Taylor her second Academy Award.  Despite the title, is there really a need to be afraid, though?  It is true that Virginia Woolf committed suicide at the relatively young age of 59, but her beautifully exquisite writing help transform literature by directly addressing modernity.  Sure, some people do not enjoy her work, but beauty really is within the eye of the beholder when it comes to what is "art."  Not only that, but abstract concepts might be provocative, but life itself is very simple.  Wake up, do things, fall asleep.  Writing is powerful, but all people are still creatures in the animal kingdom nevertheless.  Therefore, there is no need to fear Virginia Woolf (nor any other book or author) because a book really is just a book.  Students who do not complete reading assignments are definitely in trouble academically, but after school is over, reading is completely optional.  Graduate, and move on in life, and that is the reality of life after finishing school.