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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

by Tony Kushner

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Visions of America: The Reagan Era

Angels in America is pretty much the play on Reagan-era America. Sure, there are others, but few are as wide in scope. The AIDS epidemic was a major issue during this era, and much paranoia and mis...

Politics

There's no shortage of political talk going on in Angels in America. Conservative and liberal characters alike get their moment to spout their political beliefs. Kushner himself is a well-known soc...

Justice and Judgment

Many of the characters in Angels in America wrestle with ideas of justice. Some seem to view it as a set of fixed laws, which they will pay for if they violate. Some base their sense of justice on...

Sexuality and Sexual Identity

It's pretty safe to say that Angels in America is one of the most famous plays to explore the topic of homosexuality. All of the major male characters in the play are gay. They run the gamut from t...

Isolation

Over the course of Millennium Approaches the characters become more and more isolated. Prior, sick with AIDS, is abandoned by his lover Louis. Harper's worst fears come true when her husband, Joe,...

Spirituality

As you might guess from the title, Angels in America deals quite a bit with the theme of spirituality. Joe wrestles with the precepts of his Mormon faith, and the play is filled with references to...

Betrayal

There are many betrayals throughout Angels in America. Louis betrays his lover, Prior, by deserting him at a time of need. Roy feels betrayed when Joe refuses to take a job he's arranged for him in...

Versions of Reality

Angels in America definitely takes some flights of fancy. While many of the scenes are generally realistic, there are other times when that reality gets skewed. A lot of these moments come in the f...

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