Angels Today, By Tony Kushner, And Heroes And Saints By Cherrie Moraga

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Angels in America, by Tony Kushner, and Heroes and Saints, by Cherríe Moraga, examine the essence of life through the issues of constant disease, death, and madness. In Angels in America on pages 263-267, Kushner examines death and disease through the beginning of the AIDs/HIV epidemic in America. Prior Walter, a prominent character in Angels in America, is a homosexual man who has AIDs/HIV. Through his experience, Prior receives visits from the Angel of America. Prior is summoned by the Angel with the task of stopping human progression. In the end, Prior Walter denies this duty and even express his desire for life the plague eventually will take away from him. In Heroes and Saints, Moraga demonstrates death from disease caused by pesticides, which leads to the madness of a silenced community. Cerezita, the main character, is hidden all her life because her makeup only consists of a head. On page 148, the community is complete disgusted by the lack of action by the pesticide sprayers, she is finally revealed. She becomes a sacrifice for her community as she becomes the Virgin, a religious figure. She embodies her community as she takes her sacrifice. The diction, tone and imagery used by both playwrights in Angels in America and Heroes and Saints underline the correlation between life and death; Prior and Cerezita, through facing death, show their renewed appreciation to human life.
In Angels in America, Kushner examines the want and admiration for life from the character…

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