Look Back In Anger John James Osborne Analysis

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John James Osborne is an outstanding playwright who radicalised British theatre overnight on 8 May 1956. He used some hitherto undiscovered or unexploited themes and subjects offering to challenge the traditional expectations of the audience. Since representation of reality was his great concern, most of his plays seem to be down-to-earth, close to everyday life. Although his plays are not didactic or argumentative like discussion plays, they have some affinities with drama of ideas in that some social and political issues are also raised there for the sake of changing the human condition. His protagonists, apparently misfits in their society, strive to overcome their helplessness and assert their dignity in a discordant world. He presented the hopes and fears of the post-war generation. His play Look Back in Anger is certainly his magnum opus which ushered a new progress in British theatre. Osborne was the first post-war major dramatist who wanted to give “lessons in feeling” rather than thinking. The first performance of Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court Theatre on 8 May 1956 is commonly regarded as the beginning of a new era in the British Drama. One of the most famous critics of its time, John Russell Taylor…show more content…
“The realism of a set like this asks to be judged not only in relation to an observable social reality beyond the stage but also against the other kinds of theatre” (Lacey 29). It is clear that Osborne makes use of a realist-naturalist setting in Look Back in Anger in order to reinforce his point which is to present the living circumstances of post-war generation especially the younger generation of working and lower-middle class
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