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Angels in America

The main theme of "Angels in America" is what it was like to be a gay man in the mid-1980s. The story takes place during the height of the AIDS epidemic and as such, the disease is a predominant...

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Tony Kushner challenges traditional understandings of gender in his play Angels in America by casting the same actors in multiple major and minor roles. The most common staging is to cast eight...

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Kushner's Angels in America is definitely an epic play, with different story lines overlapping and interweaving themes. Splitting the stage allows the audience to make connections that might not...

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The English word "angel" is derived from the Greek word "aggelos." It was used by the Greek-speaking translators of the Septuagint scriptures to represent the Hebrew word "malakh." Both "aggelos"...

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The arc of nearly every character in Kushner's Angels in America involves self-discovery and self-acceptance. Early in the play, Harper seems entirely lost, and her journey through the two parts of...

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Kushner depicts both Cohn and Walter in a very interestingly similar manner. Both of them seek to find their voice after AIDS ravages their bodies and changes their lives. Walter struggles with...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2011, 9:01 am (UTC)

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After Prior accompanies Louis to his grandmother's funeral, both sit on a bench. At this time, Prior discloses to Louis that he has a leision on his arm, what he calls the "wine dark kiss of the...

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The four words are all deal with the production of light. I'm not a technician or chemist, so please check my facts for accuracy, but here's a quick explanation: candle = obvious source of light;...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2009, 11:45 pm (UTC)

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Kushner's construction of the parallel breakups in Act II, scene 9 brings out some striking similarities even though one couple is homosexual and the other is between a man and a woman. This might...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2012, 5:57 pm (UTC)

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Harper's musings such as her opinion on the notion of imagination represents some of the finest in the merging in drama and philosophy. They also represent where Kushner is at his finest. I...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2012, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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If the topic is homosexuality, there are many ways to go about reflecting on this topic as Kushner provides much in way of fodder for thought. The critical issue of what it means to be gay in...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2010, 2:58 am (UTC)

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Simply put, I think that both works stress that theatre is one of the last artistic venues where complex notions of individual and social identity can be articulated in nuanced and intricate...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013, 2:54 am (UTC)

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At first, Prior is overwhelmed with the responsibility. He cannot comprehend how or what the Angel represents. He certainly does not grasp his own role as a Prophet. Yet, as the reality and...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2011, 9:34 am (UTC)

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This is not an easy question. Kushner's drama has so many levels and so many intersecting ideas with the different characters. Harper might have one of the better lines in the drama that talks...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013, 10:08 am (UTC)

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One of the strongest similarities between both works is that they explore one aspect of "the other" in American society. Wilson and Kushner focus on one particular aspect of American society that...

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I tend to think that this is one of the critical issues that emerges in the drama. I see the meaning of the angel as representative of the struggle with change that Kushner sees as intrinsic to...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2012, 7:29 am (UTC)

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The super objectives of the characters in both dramas are similar because they struggle with how to construct their identity in a world that fails to give adequate guidance to do so. The...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013, 9:28 am (UTC)

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I think that the discussion of potential angels and devils in Kushner's work is something that pivots to the role of human beings. It seems to me that Kushner wishes to make the point that Prior...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012, 5:16 am (UTC)

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Part of what makes staging the play so difficult is its style. Conventional theatre focuses on one specific conflict or drama and sees it to the end. This is not where Kushner's work resides....

Latest answer posted April 21, 2011, 2:34 am (UTC)

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I tend to think that the message that emerges from Scene 9 in Act II is the idea that hurt is universal. This had already been established, to an extent, in the First Act, scene 7. Harper and...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012, 6:16 pm (UTC)

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To a great extent, Roy Cohn's power shift is significant because it connects to the basic theme of change and transformation that Kushner feels is intrinsic to what it means to be both a human...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2012, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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Act One of Kushner's work analyzes what it means to be gay in America. It addresses the challenges and issues regarding identity in terms of those who are homosexual. It approaches this from...

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One particular similarity between both works is the idea of how human beings can abandon those to whom connection is evident. Victor abandoned the creature when he approaches him. Louis abandons...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2012, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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Strangely enough, I think Harper is the character that best represents the transcendence from traditional notions of imperialism to a new understanding of multivocality and a theory that embraces...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2009, 11:12 am (UTC)

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Like so much in Kushner's work, the answer is not easy. I would suggest at the outset that the play revolves around many entities, and not merely one. When the play's subtitle involves the term,...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2012, 7:15 am (UTC)

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I think that this is a very interesting idea. I would say that the epic style of the drama is reflective of how film, as a genre, has helped to expand the artistic imagination of both viewer and...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2011, 7:06 am (UTC)

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This could be taken in a couple different approaches. If one were sticking to the standard read of multiculturalism, I think that examining the character of Belize. He speaks from a point of view...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2011, 10:22 am (UTC)

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I think that the split scene technique and the almost simultaneous nature of both couples' breaking up contributes to the overall theme of change and transformation that underscores the entire...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2012, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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There is much here to say. I think that one of the fundamental premises of the play is the idea that mutability is an integral part of the human experience. Kushner is arguing that the cleave to...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2011, 2:24 am (UTC)

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I think that much of this is going to be dependent on what you have to prove in your thesis as well as what you particularly feel about Kushner's work. This might require you to take a step back...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2011, 1:44 am (UTC)

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I ended up paring this question down. I advise you to resubmit the other part of the question as it is a good one. I think that Roy undergoes changes in his power by having to reconcile his love...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2011, 8:58 am (UTC)

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One way in which the main idea of the play connects to what the movie was saying and doing is through the use of dialogue. Kushner's hand in writing the script for the film after having composed...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2013, 12:40 am (UTC)

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Roy Cohn is shown in the play to be the personification of mortal power. Cohn's fascination with the telephone is linked to the idea that he can "get a hold of" any person around the country, at...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2011, 8:50 am (UTC)

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