Homework Help

Examine the interplay of conventional and unconventional elements in Look Back in Anger.

user profile pic

rajshreevijay83 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2009 at 6:34 PM via web

dislike 1 like

Examine the interplay of conventional and unconventional elements in Look Back in Anger.

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

subrataray | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 16, 2010 at 3:08 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

Osborne's play Look Back In Anger is a landmark in the history of British -drama. One of its originalities is the treatment of unconventional relationship .Jimmy Porter the hero finds no convention in reality. Every thing concerning life, as - faith, love, idealism ,morality , hot shattered with the World War II.

The past proved as the betrayal of all hopes , the present is static , and the future hangs in dismay .The bar of morality and convention resulted high-sounding , and escaped from life .What gained ground were the unconventional words and deeds .For we hear Jimmy speaking ,-'Nobody thinks ,nobody cares .No beliefs ,no conventions, and no enthusiasm" .

Look Back In Anger is the story of unconventional relationship of four characters,-Jimmy , Alison , Cliff , and Helena .

The bear -squirrel game suggests the restoration of emotional bond through animal-sex .Pulling down the conventional human level they enter into the unconventional -animal -level .

One woman, and two men live together .Cliff has no economic support to marry a woman .He mitigates his biological demands from Alison .Jimmy knows and otherwise approves .Alison in Helena's query confesses the relation as something “like being warm in bed”

Again Alison discloses her pregnancy to cliff .The cause was more with Cliff than Jimmy .For, Cliff the mouse gets the ration from Alison.

Sacrifice of a woman’s chastity before marriage is unconventional .But Jimmy thinks that it is a must for a happy conjugal life. One needs to know the art of sex, and the vitality of a woman or a man.

Jimmy’s fondling and caressing with Helena, and physical love-making, speak of the acceptance of unconventional relation ship .The tidal flow of life force is always unconventional, and the blind fury of sex-impulse knows convention.

 

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes