Wednesday, 25 November 2015

"Look Back in Anger" Reflect the Mood and Temper of Post war England

Mood and Temper of Post war England

Look Back in Anger gives us a glimpse into the mood and temper of England after World War II. The British Labor Party after coming to power introduced some social reform to build up a welfare state in their country. Yet some young idealists were not satisfied. The people found themselves in precisely the same situation that Jimmy Porter the hero of the play faces.
Look Back in Anger Reflect the Mood and Temper of Post war England

 When the play opens we find Jimmy speaking in a discontented, restless manner. He is discontented with the Sunday newspapers; he is discontented with his wife Alison and he is dissatisfied with his friend Cliff. The Sunday newspaper, he complains, makes one feel ignorant. His wife Alison, he complains, hardly listens to him but goes to sleep when he begins to speak. As for Cliff, he is too ignorant to understand what the newspapers have to say. Jimmy then goes on to make fun of the Bishop of Bromley and of the woman who in her religious fervor got four of her ribs broken and got kicked in the head at a religious assembly. He cynically declares that those who ostensibly make sacrifices-whether of their careers, their beliefs of sexual pleasures-never wanted those things in the first place.

Jimmy is also against class-distinctions. He himself comes from a working-class family, while his wife comes from a rich middle class family. Alison’s parents had opposed her marriage to Jimmy, and Jimmy has never been able to forget this fact even though four years have passed. He keeps criticizing not only Alison but also her father’s family.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Beckett’s treatment of time in Waiting for Godot

Treatment of time 
The distinction between clock time and subjective time is one of the themes of the play, Waiting for Godot. The passage of time is not absolute but relative to one’s mental condition. The tramp’s doubt about ‘time’ makes the doubt their existence and their identity also. Their main problem is to make time pass in such a way that they are the least bothered by it. In the play neither time nor existence, nor reality, nor memory, nor the past has any meaning or significance. Acts are meaningless, time does not flow consecutively, memory seems deceptive, existence is an impression or perhaps a dream, happiness is acutely absent. The tramps, Vladimir and Estragon are on the point of being hollow men in a possibly hollow universe.
Beckett’s treatment of time in Waiting for Godot