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Look Back in Anger | Study Guide

John Osborne

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Look Back in Anger refers to the complex emotional state of the play's main character, Jimmy Porter. Educated, in his mid-20s, and married, but barely making ends meet, Jimmy is frustrated by the lack of future he sees in economically depressed England. He views the past and the old ways and ideas that brought about this environment with resentment and derision. He expresses outrage over the political and social conditions of post–World War II England, which to him are a great disappointment in terms of hope for the people.


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