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Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

by Tony Kushner

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika Analysis

Literary Devices in Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

Reagan-Era AmericaAngels in America is set in the 1980s, during Ronald Reagan's presidency. Being a political play, we hear quite a bit about the president. Reagan was the most beloved recent conse...

Genre

We call the play a drama because it's well... a play – a piece of literature meant to be performed in front of a live audience. It fits into the genre of magical realism, because it combines real...

Tone

Angels in America is an amazing piece of theater that manages to blend many different tones while still feeling like a totally cohesive whole. For starters, it's funny all the way through; bits of...

Writing Style

It is well documented that Tony Kushner is influenced by his theatrical forefather Bertolt Brecht, who popularized the style of theater known as epic. Angels in America shares many similarities to...

What's Up With the Title?

The full title of this play is Angels in America, A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part Two: Perestroika. And you don't need us to tell you that this is one seriously long and amazing title. Well...

What's Up With the Epigraph?

Because the soul is progressive, it never quite repeats itself, but in every act attempts the productionof a new and fairer whole.–Ralph Waldo Emerson"On Art"The epigraph is from an essay by famo...

What's Up With the Ending?

Angels in America ends on a note of hope. Not in a super-cheesy everything-is-awesome-and-perfect-now kind of way, but in a yeah-things-are-tough-but-life-is-still-beautiful kind of way. As Harper...

Tough-o-Meter

Angels in America manages to be incredibly complex and incredibly accessible at the same time. Even if you don't get all the historical references, poetic motifs, layers of reality, and larger poli...

Plot Analysis

Tony Kushner really busts the seams with his epic Angels in America. It just doesn't fit at all into the classic plot analysis. Part of the issue is that it's hard to analyze Perestroika separately...

Trivia

Angels in America was made into an opera – crazy. Read about it here.When Tony Kushner married his boyfriend, Mark Harris, it was the first gay marriage to be announced in the New York Times "Vow...

Steaminess Rating

Angels in America makes no effort to be coy about sex. Part Two is steamier than the first part of the play. Louis and Joe feel each other up quite a bit, Joe gets naked on a beach, and Prior has s...

Allusions

Lillian Hellman (3.2.15)Ayn Rand (4.8.63)Jonah and the whale (2.2.104)The angel Bethesda (4.3.5)Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion (4.6.17)Jacob wrestling the angel (5.1.16)Bolsheviks (1....

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