Sexism In Look Back In Anger, By John Osborne

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The play Look Back in Anger written by John Osborne, invites its readers to think about the changes of the postwar ages. It mirrors the British mood in those days by hate and dislike among its characters. As a realistic play, it can be perceived as disagreeable and also associated to protest. Changes of stance, different points of view and a mixture of senses and reactions make up the plot. There is a kind of war of hurting words between people, provoked by differences in social class, painful feelings and maybe by sexism. Arguments, discussions, and day by day situations, plus an old, untidy and dirty background, are keys to make an unpleasant play.
In first place, Jimmy Porter represents undesirable attitudes of a real man (working class man) after the war. For a start, a particular mood that is remarkable from Jimmy is his necessity of leadership. He needs to dominate from his untidy throne, reading his
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She is a beautiful actress who decides to spend few days with the Porters; as a consequence, she brings up disagreements and discussion. Showing worried ness about her friend, she persuades her to leave Jimmy and go back to her parent’s home. Finding herself attracted to Jimmy. She decides to stay at the flat while Alison is out. There is a kind of strong sentimentalism between Jimmy and her, that was absent between him and Alison. She declares to Jimmy that she continually wanted him “I´ve always wanted you-always” (John Osborne. Look Back in Anger: 92) ; and that can be read as treason, as soon as she loves the husband of her old friend Alison. By the end of the act, when Alison decides to return home, Helena recognizes her mistake of having taken her friend´s place, and chooses to go, leaving things as they were before her appearance. “[…] I´m going downstairs to pack my things. If I hurry, I shall just catch 7.15 to London” (John Osborne. Look Back in Anger: 98)

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