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Topic : Look Back in Anger

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Look Back in Anger is a notable literary work by John Osborne. A complete discussion of this literary work is given, which will help you enhance your literary skills and prepare for the exam. Read the main text, key info, Summary, Themes, Characters, Literary Devices, Quotations, Notes, to various questions of Look Back in Anger.

key facts

Take a quick look at the key facts of the play "Look Back in Anger".

  • Full Title: Look Back in Anger
  • Author: John Osborne (1929-1994)
  • Written: 1955
  • Premiered: May 8, 1956, at the Royal Court Theater in London
  • Published: First published in 1957 by Faber and Faber

summary

"Look Back in Anger" opens in Jimmy Porter and Alison Porter's apartment. It is set in a small town in England in the mid to late 1950s—a lack of working opportunities for the youth in a post-World War II society. Jimmy's best friend, Cliff Lewis, stays with the married couple.

themes

Class Struggle

One of the most prominent themes in "Look Back in Anger" is class struggle. The play presents the stark contrast between the working-class Jimmy Porter and the upper-middle-class Alison and her family. Their marriage echoes the tension between their different social backgrounds. Jimmy feels alienated by Alison's upper-class friends and her family's wealth. His anger and resentment are rooted...

characters

Jimmy Porter

Jimmy Porter is a 25-year-old educated man. He comes from a working-class background and runs a sweet stall. He is married to Alison Porter. Read the character analysis.

literary devices

Symbols

The play uses various symbols to convey its themes.

Bear and Squirrel Game

In the play, Jimmy and Alison play with a toy bear and squirrel. Jimmy is associated with the Bear and Alison with the squirrel. The Bear and Squirrel game serves as a metaphor for their relationship...

quotations

Here, we discuss some selected quotes from the play.

 

"Let's pretend that we're human beings, and that we're actually alive."

(Jimmy Porter, Act 1)

In Act 1, Jimmy Porter accuses his wife Alison of being emotionally distant and noncommittal. He suggests that she's like an empty vessel merely existing in the world rather than truly living...

notes