Angels in America.docx - 1 What themes does Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz's eulogy in Act I Scene 1 introduce Why do you think the play begins with a funeral

Angels in America.docx - 1 What themes does Rabbi Isidor...

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1. What themes does Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz's eulogy in Act I, Scene 1 introduce? Why do you think the play begins with a funeral? The themes that Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz’s has introduced is not so much a sense of sadness, but more so, a sense of honor for all that Sarah Ironson had accomplished in her journey overseas as she migrated to America to start a new life. He set the theme for representing the idea of movement and new life. I like the statement that he made that, “You can never make that crossing that she made, for such Great Voyages in this world do not any more exist.” I feel like that is a very true and powerful idea that Chemelwitz is stating. I think that the play began with a funeral because it has set a tone for tragedy and a sense that things, or life have come to an end. It seems that after reading throughout the first part of Angels in America there is a lot of tragedy and things coming to an end. Funerals are symbolic in representing the “end” of something. 2. Why is Act I, Scene 5 split between Joe and Harper, and Louis and Rabbi Chemelwitz? Why is Act I, Scene 8 split between Louis and Prior, and Joe and Harper? How do the interactions of the two couples relate to each other? What do you think is Kushner intends for the audience to understand by crafting these "split" scenes? Refer to any of the later split scenes to help you analyze their purpose.

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