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Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

by Tony Kushner

Isolation Quotes

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Quote #1

Harper: When your heart breaks, you should die. But there's still the rest of you. There's your breasts, and your genitals, and they're amazingly stupid, like babies or faithful dogs, they don't get it, they just want him. Want him. (1.2.8)

Even before Joe left Harper, he was hardly ever home. Now his abandonment of Harper has left her completely isolated. In this scene she romps around her imagined version of Antarctica, desperately trying escape her loneliness.

Quote #2

Roy: [...] Sit. Talk.
Belize: Mr. Cohn. I'd rather suck the pus out of an abscess. [...]
Roy: Oh forchristake. Whatta I gotta do? Beg? I don't want to be alone. (1.5.25)

Though Belize is just the sort of person Roy hates, he still wants the nurse to stick around. The thought of being alone with his disease is just too much for him. Could this be a rare moment of vulnerability for Mr. Cohn?

Quote #3

Prior: "Each angel is an infinite aggregate myriad entity" (2.2.62).

So what Prior is saying here is that angels aren't just one single being. They are made up of an infinite number of beings, who have sort of crystallized into one consciousness. Deep thought: Can such a creature ever truly be alone?

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