Illustrate how Look Back In Anger was a pioneering venture in introducing the "Angry Young Man."

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It is difficult not to see Osborne's work as a pioneering venture in bringing the characterization of "the Angry Young Man" to a wider audience.  When it was first seen on stage, critics might have vented their own anger towards the work, but few could deny that Jimmy was the embodiment of the "angry young man" that was present throughout England.  The drama showed the realistic state of being where resentment at the Status Quo and frustration percolated with every breath in such a stark manner.  This became one of the reasons why the critics understood how drama would become so associated with the "Angry Young Man" archetype:

I agree that Look Back in Anger is likely to remain a minority taste. What matters, however, is the size of the minority. I estimate it at roughly 6,733,000, which is the number of people in this country between the ages of twenty and thirty. And this figure will doubtless be swelled by refugees from other age-groups who are curious to know precisely what the contemporary young pup is thinking and feeling.

The drama was instrumental in bringing this archetype from the subterranean into the open.  

People were forced to recognize Jimmy was representative of a chunk of the world that they inhabited.  He could not be seen as an anomaly or something that failed to exist. Jimmy's condition of anger became an experience that many recognized either existed in their lives or in their world:  "You see, I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry—angry and helpless. And I can never forget it.'' The condition of helplessness and anger, frustration at being told that power exists when it actually is absent, is where the drama is where it reveals the archetype in the most illuminating of terms. Osborne's work has to be seen as a pioneering venture because of this.  It does not relent in seeking to capture what reality is, depicting it in a manner that force one to look at what is there.  

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