Angels in America by Tony Kushner

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What is Harper Pitt's "goal" in the dream scene with Prior from Angels in America?

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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 the play requires her to confront her own demons (a difficult childhood, escape through a doomed marriage to Joe, social isolation in New York, and addiction to pharmaceutical drugs). The dream sequence in scene 7 puts her on stage in a literal and metaphorical parallel moment with Prior. In the sequence, Prior seems somewhat like a messenger angel who offers verbal confirmation that her husband is homosexual.

The split staging for this scene offers a visual cue to what both Harper and Prior need. Prior turns his focus away from himself and his personal tragedy with AIDS to see himself as a potential prophet guiding his generation through the larger national crisis. For Harper, her hallucinatory interaction with Prior allows her to confront the facts of her marriage and Joe's homosexuality and to...

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