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ALRJournal. 2021; 5(6): 52-60 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.81488

John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger: A Critique of the Political Establishment in Postwar Britain

Rashed Daghamin
Hail University

John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger highlights a political malaise and a sense of disillusionment with the political establishment of Postwar Britain. The political dialectic in the play when compared with the social content is not straightforward; nonetheless, since the play challenges the impotent political structure in Postwar Britain, it can be viewed to a certain extent as a radical political play. Jimmy Porter’s anger at the political system, which he thinks keeps him from achieving his goals and aspiration, is destructive to himself and to people surrounding him. In light of Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, and through the lenses of the angry Jimmy Porter, this research paper argues that the play has a political agenda. The study is primarily concerned with exploring the stagnating political structures and examining the impotence of the political establishment in Postwar Britain. The paper concludes that the drama does not offer a glimmer of hope for political change, for Jimmy Porter, a mouthpiece for Osborne, lacks a clear and practical political vision. Osborne’s pessimism over the political structures is ubiquitous, scathing and vociferous. The paper reveals that anger is futile and it cannot provide any robust solutions to the rampant political tribulation in Postwar Britain.

Keywords: Look Back in Anger, Jimmy Porter, John Osborne, Postwar Britain, Political establishment

Rashed Daghamin. John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger: A Critique of the Political Establishment in Postwar Britain. ALRJournal. 2021; 5(6): 52-60

Corresponding Author: Rashed Daghamin, Saudi Arabia
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