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How does Osborne present the character of Cliff in Look Back in Anger? Cliff is a...

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drrb | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM via web

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How does Osborne present the character of Cliff in Look Back in Anger?

Cliff is a buffer in Osborne's Look Back in Anger. He represents his class and he is as passive in thinking as Alison. But Cliff wants to upgrade himself by reading newspaper. He is practical -minded and tender in his feelings. He gives company to the lonely Alison. He is not a homosexual but he is very good friend to Jimmy. In Cliff's absence both Jimmy and Alison feel an irrecoverable emptiness never to be compensated by anything else.

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kc4u | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Cliff Lewis, Jimmy's friend and business partner, has been chiefly portrayed as a foil to the angry young man, Jimmy. While Jimmy is mostly cynical and often offensive, Cliff is simple and humane. Yes, Cliff is a buffer in between the aggressive husband and the docile wife. Cliff belongs to "a no man's land" in between two enemy territories as he himself has correctly diagnosed. His sympathetic attachment to Alison serves as an anodyne for her to bear with Jimmy's tirading onslaught to a considerable length of time. Cliff illustrates the theme of friendship/companionship in the play, and Jimmy too acknowledges the immense value of Cliff as a worthy friend.

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