Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
Versions of Reality Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Prior: I hear things. Voices. [...]
Belize: Don't go crazy on me, girlfriend, I already got enough crazy queens running around for one lifetime. For two. I can't be bothering with dementia. (2.5.27-54)
What do you think; is the voice that Prior hears real, or is it all just in his head? What level of reality does the angel who bursts through his ceiling exist on? Is she a figment of Prior's imagination, or, in the world of the play at least, an actual heavenly being?
Joe: As long as I've known you Harper you've been afraid of... of men hiding under the bed, men hiding under the sofa, men with knives. [...] I'm the man with the knives. (2.9.34-62)
Here Joe claims that all of Harper's paranoia about evil, knife-wielding men has been caused by him. He seems to think that Harper has always known that he was gay and that, unable to deal with that directly, she is plagued by these faceless, malicious men. Of course, earlier in the play, Joe also hints that Harper may have been physically abused as girl. Might that also contribute to her nightmares?
Emily: There's really nothing to worry about. I think that shochen bamromim hamtzeh menucho nechono al kanfey haschino. (3.2.105)
Prior's nurse in the outpatient clinic, Emily, suddenly starts speaking Hebrew. This is kind of crazy, since neither she nor Prior presumably even know Hebrew. Is Prior somehow connecting to a deeper spiritual reality?