How is Jimmy Porter portrayed as an "angry young man" in Look Back in Anger?

Jimmy Porter is portrayed as an "angry young man" in Look Back in Anger for many reasons. Chief factors in his characterization are his ranting, his cruelty towards his wife Alison, and his inability to compromise. His lack of identity is shown to be a factor leading to his cruelty.

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Jimmy Porter is a member of the first wave of working-class people in England that attended university. However, like many of the so-called angry young men of the fifties and sixties, he feels that in retrospect such opportunities have resulted in a loss of his identity. He now feels neither part of the working classes nor the middle classes. As an educated man, he can see the problems with the class system. He can understand how it has been used to oppress and in some ways enslave the working classes, but he can also see how the working classes have sat back and let the exploitation happen. In his eyes, this kind of insight into society should have given him more opportunity to express himself and help instigate change. All it has done, though, is made him an outsider in his own community.

This feeling of resentment and insecurity has manifested itself in his inability to empathize with the plight of the other characters, including his wife and friend Cliff. He believes their personal...

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