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Comment on Osborne's use of symbols in Look Back in Anger.

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chandakradhikarc | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 7, 2009 at 2:07 PM via web

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Comment on Osborne's use of symbols in Look Back in Anger.

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kimfuji | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 7, 2009 at 3:08 PM (Answer #1)

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The play was revolutionary in its time because it broke out of the subjects that were usually dealt with in plays of that time.Two images are striking throughout the play: Alison silently ironing and Jimmy talking to himself.  Alison represents conformity while Jimmy represents transgression. Osborne's character, Jimmy, is unusual, in that, he speaks in ways that no one else does but everyone else thinks, eliciting intense feeling in us who watch the play or read it. It's like the two main characters are opposites and their fighting represents two opposing positions: making meaning through conforming in society or seeking the truth in life through a headon collision.

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