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SOCIAL PROTEST, ALIENATION, IDENTITY CRISIS AND DISINTEGRATION OF THE SELF IN JOHN OSBORNE’S PLAYS: LOOK BACK IN ANGER AND DÉJÀ VU

DR. SHACHI NEGI

RESEARCH SCHOLAR

HEMWATI NANDAN BAHUGUNA GARHWAL UNIVERSITY

SRINAGAR

INDIA

 

Abstract

The paper aims to show Look Back in Anger and its sequel Déjà vu as a journey of the playwright and plays’ protagonist, Jimmy, encompassing the thirty six years of their life. The journey which started thirty six years before, from social protest, has concluded with alienation and loss of the self. Look Back in Anger is one long frustration of Jimmy’s life in which he comes to judge the other people by how much they feel and Déjà vu denotes the last days of Jimmy as J.P. “Déjà vu is a fiction based on a fiction, and J.P. is a fictional character aware of and suffering from his own functionality” (Alan Cater 233). Achieving material gain and making money did not provide him with the guarantee of pleasure and happiness. In the first play, Jimmy was roared for the change and in the other play, J.P craves for the past.

Key words- Social Protest, Alienation, Kitchen Sink Drama, Angry Young Man, Post War Culture

journal of english

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