Angels in America Questions and Answers
by Tony Kushner

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How do you understand the meaning of the angel in this play?

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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 identity.  In bringing the angel into the drama as someone who does not provide answers, but rather more questions, one sees that there is a natural sense of confusion in all beings when struggling to adapt to change.  All of the characters struggle with change in its many forms.  The descent of the angel at the end of Act I is almost a red herring in that one thinks that resolution and clarity will finally be offered in the form of something external.  Yet, as Prior finds out, the angels of the Continental...

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