Discuss Look Back in Anger as a psychological play.  

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Psychological narrative and plays along with telling a story examine the individual's sense of personal and cultural identity as well as the formation and nature of memories. Some psychologists hold that these two psychological components (identity and memory) are the integral nature of self. In Look Back in Anger, Jimmy's paramount concern is his own sense of personal and cultural identity. Moreover, his concern extends to English working class and lower class people in general, although it could be argued that his concern is really an out-lashing against his father's death, which was in a very real sense a culture-caused death since he went as a freedom fighter to fight in the Spanish Civil War as so many English idealists did. Further, the causes for Jimmy's thoughts, attitudes, and behavior is directly attributed to memory, specifically, his memory of his father's agonized and agonizing death from which Jimmy says he learned to be angry and helpless, something, he says, that he can't forget.

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