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am 15. Mai 2017
So I finally finished Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner for my Literary Studies course. To be honest it was very difficult to read but somehow I enjoyed it.

The play is about various people and couples in America in the 1980s, during the AIDS epidemic. The characters represent not only men with AIDS but also, black people, drug addicts, religious people, Jews, and a lot more. Not only these topics are mentioned but also a lot of political, national and worldly topics, such as slavery or the world wars. In this play you can find a lot of themes.

There are a lot of different characters in the book who somehow have a connection to one another (it's very similar to the movie Love Actually where the characters are connected to each other). Reading the play is sometimes really confusing because the switches between the characters happen really fast and therefore it gets confusing. Sometimes you just don't realize who talks to whom and mix up everything.

The story is kind of depressing because of the themes which are mentioned. The cover of the book is so beautiful! I am glad I bought this edition of the play! Sadly, this play was not my favorite one but it was good. And I totally get why it already won so much prizes and awards. It would be nice to see this play on a stage.
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am 16. März 1999
Angels In America, Tony Kushner's two part play was an intriguing play to read. I could not put this book down. The graphic detail kept me turning page after page. This is one of the only authors who kept me intrested throughout the whole play. Tony's attention to detail gave incite to someone like me, who has no real idea of the trials that homosexuals, may incur, in dealing with day to day life. The characters, wether homosexual or hetrosexual, all struggled with the American way of life. Each and every character seems to be content in their own way of life, their dream if you will; however, once they come to terms with their sexuality, religion, or mental state, they realize that their perfect dream world has become a nightmare. Kushner does an amazing job keeping the reader enthralled with the lives of these characters. However, the choppy scenes and constant referal to the beginnning of the book began to confuse me. Overall, I believe that this book should be read by all because it is very informative about current issues in today's world such as AIDS, death, religion, and sexuality. Kushner's main issue that he is trying to portray to the reader is that everyone, at some point in time has a rise and a fall. The life lesson is learning how to pull yourself up again.
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am 25. Februar 1999
"Angels In America" offers us new insight on self-discovery. Throughout the play, characters talk of "Threshold of revelation." While reading this, you ask yourself, "What is this revelation they always speak of?" Tony Kushner magnificently magnificently answers this question thorough his troubled characters. Prior fights with his disease, Joe wrestles with his identity, Louis challenges his ability to love, and Harper tests her sanity. Each character is able to learn and reveal something about themselves as a result of their individual struggles. It is these revelations that set them free. It is because of each character's story that "Angles in America" touches every person that reads it. We can relate to trying to overcome obstacles that have been thrown in our way. Through their remarkable stories, we learn about true love, accepting who we are, and making sure to live life to the fullest no matter what blockades life may throw in your way. This dramatic play discusses serious issues such as AIDS and religion, but it never loses its humor in the process. Overall, "Angels In America" is an inspirational play that shows us how difficult life can be, but that should not keep us from wanting more life. Kushner's characters learn life's terrible lessons, but manage to handle them in an extraordinary way. By the end of the play, we catch ourselves saying, "I want more life" just as Prior does.
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am 26. Februar 1999
The play written by Tony Kushner carries a vital message to today's society. The characters in the play are well thought out and developed for the duration of the play. Through the development of the characters, the reader becomes heavily involved and entangled in the struggles faced by the characters. Kushner is able to carefully weave characters together effectively including a Valium addicted housewife and a homosexual drag queen. The play is brillantly put together, causing the characters to be in direct conflict with one another and, at times, themselves. Roy Cohn, for example, is a homosexual bigot whose very existence contradicts itself. The play ultimately has little resolution. Roy dies still denying what he is, Joe is with Harper, and most of the other characters find themselves at the end of the play in a similar predicament they were in at the beginning. The one thing that does change is the characters no longer have a feeling of loneliness. Loneliness seems to be the central issue of the play. It has an effect on all human beings, no matter what their differences. Through Kushner's play, a very strong and effective message is sent out that homosexuals are human too and their suffering is just as great as the heterosexual society. In essence, Angels in America should be considered a milestone. It captures some of the injustices and struggles faced by a large group of the American population in today's world. The play demonstrates that while the group being discriminated against may have changed, the feelings of those in the minority have not changed. This shows how all groups, including the majority, are equally human because of their fear of loneliness.
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am 26. Februar 1999
If I wasn't required to read "Angels in America" I probably would have never had the chance to experience one of the most heart felt books ever read. I'm not one to read and this book from the first page grabbed me and practically sucked me in. I found myself unable to put it down. I wanted to read more and more just to find out what was going to happen next. I admire how Kurshner gets the reader so in tuned to the book. He has a way of grasping the readers attention and keeping the readers attention til the very end. Although some parts of the book through me off a bit, overall I could really relate to what was being explained. I liked especially how Kurshner talks about real issues that many people in society today turn their heads on and even sometimes discriminate against. I have extremem respect for people who are not afraid to be themselves and don't care what others may think of them. Kurshner presents three different prespectives on homosexuality. One of a couple very open about their sexuality, anotherof a man who isn't really sure of it and last a man who is living in denial. All are very real situations that society is faced with today. Also, there is a large number of people living with AIDS and are trying to cope with it as best they can. I experienced loosing a close friend of the family who was homosexual with AIDS and I know how hard it is to watch someone you love so much just wither away slowly and to see such fear in that persons eyes. It really makes an impact on ones life. I can't explain in words how I felt when I finished this book. All I can say is that it made me realize that life is short and we shouldn't take it for granted. Society spends to much time critizing people instead of making friends and enjoying having the opportunity to experience and know so may unique individuals. Again I say this book was fabulous.
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am 2. März 1999
Tony Kushner's play Angels in America is a look into the lives of people who at first seem exact opposities. However, as the play unfolds we see how all of their suffering is intertwined. The play focuses mainly on the character Prior, who is a homosexual man living with AIDS in the 80's, and all of the people directly and indirectly involved in his life. Not only did this play open my eyes to the horrors of AIDS, it also had a few humorous lines that were well placed. The play is not just about a man living with AIDS it also looks into feelings we have as human being. These feelings are seen through the characters such as the greedy lawyer, the Valuim addicted abandoned housewife, the ex-lover, and the mother of a Mormon homosexual. All in all this play shows how deep down no matter what differences we have on the surface, deep down we are all people who can suffer just as much as the next person.
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am 25. Februar 1999
I began reading Tony Kushner's play, "Angels In America" a few days ago and I haven't been able to stop talking about it. At first, it seemed to be a typical emotionally draining type of play where I would become depressed just thinking that I needed to finish reading it. I have never been so wrong in my short lived life. This play kept me awake to all hours of the night because it captured my attention like no other piece of literature. It discusses almost every contraversial topic associated with the 1980's. Covering such "taboos" as homosexuality, AIDS, politics, racism, and religion. Not only did it cover all these topics in sufficient and extremely intellectual context it had other qualities that aided to its jaw-dropping dialogues. Almost every scene seemed to relate to the theme of the play in an abstract or symbolic way. Personally, I intend on seeing the play live and I recommend that everyone read both "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika". They each opened my eyes to the reality and pain behind the medical information that is always given about the disease. By reading and thinking about the play anyone can find a scene, character, or topic that relates to his or her life. This play is absolutely the best contemporary piece of literature that I ever had the pleasure to read.
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am 20. Februar 1999
I've never read a book that has left me with the shocking impact that 'Angels in America' has left me. At first I felt that the book was very confusing with all of the characters, but once the storyline became clear to me, I was able to get into the heart of the matter. Tony Kushner really touches on a subject that affects today's society in an unforgettable way that no other writer has been able to do. His identification with AIDS is profound, although the book takes place at a time when AIDS was still unknown and misunderstood. Today's society may be more accepting of people's different lifestyles, but there is still a division in our beliefs and opinions. Kushner has helped me to believe that just because you are different doesn't mean you are not a human being. It's what's inside of the person that matters the most. It's what the person has to give to others that makes them human beings. Kushner's characters all have a unique personality about them; they are all different. But in the end we find that every person in the book have something in common, and that is what makes them become one in the end. It's what makes them all connected in the same way. Prior and Louis are two of the best characters in the book. Through them, all of the other characters become connected somehow by the end of the book. They all meet under strange circumstances, but it is those odd circumstances that make the book so spectacular. Roy is the most profound character that I have ever come across. He has an incurable disease that is taking his life, yet he remains in denial until the end leaving me with the question of whether the disease ever destroyed him or if he destroyed the disease. I think the two chracters, Joe and Harper, stand for what every person goes through some time in their lives. Our world is full of confusion and decisions, the hardest thing to do is keep yourself straight, so to speak, but Joe and Harper become the victims of an uncompassionate society; a society that abandons them. The issues revealed in this book are issues that most people want to hide from. No one wants to talk about politics, homosexuality, AIDS, or religion, and to combine all these issues in one book was a very bold stand Kushner took. Instead of denying all these issues or brushing them off, 'Angels in America' talks about them just like two guys talking about baseball. These issues were brought to the surface where they remained evident throughout the book wanting me to read more in the end. Although I felt the book was surprisingly full of language and explicit details, details I sometimes think should have been left to my imagination, I can't help but appreciate the truth that it provided for me by being so real and surprising. We live in a sheltered world where we want to shelter our children from all that can harm them, but in the end we don't realize that it is the sheltering that does the most damage to our youth. This book has taught me to never deny or abandon the beliefs I have grown up with or the things my parents have taught me, but at the same time, I should never abandon the person I have become.
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Tony Kushner addresses several controversial topics namely homosexuality, politics, and religion in Angels in America. However, the most important theme of the play reaches beyond those topics. Kushner places emphasis on issues, such as discrimination and corruption, yet I found greater meaning in the play when I looked past those issues that Kushner raised.
Kushner depicts America as a country that focuses on images based on stereotypes and preconceived ideas that often have little experiential founding. Americans use those images as a framework for dealing with their everyday activities and encounters. This idea is not that shocking if you assume that Kushner means that Americans impose those images upon other people. Although he does portray that meaning, Kushner takes the imposition of those images a step further by showing through his characters that individuals also have stereotypes and preconceived ideas that they inflict upon themselves. While everyone needs an image of him or her self in order to function, they deny a part of themselves by embracing that image. Kushner shows how life is about struggling with the image we have of ourselves in order to have richer and more fulfilling experiences. We are constantly discovering aspects of the images that we have of ourselves that are false as well as becoming comfortable with those aspects that we find are true. The character Prior reveals that this process of self-discovery is an infinite journey on which people thrive. The journey may be full of pain and tragedy, but it also bears the fruit of revelation and understanding. For me, this lesson about humanity is what makes the play a respectable and praiseworthy piece of work.
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am 25. Februar 1999
Of course, seeing this production live would have allowed me to obtain a much broader perspective and also would have given me the ability to get a better grasp of my inner feelings. Yet, by the time I had finished both parts, I still came out with wonderous awe and amazement. That truly defines how incredible this play really is, and the impact it has on certain individuals' lives. The characters all became a part of me in some way or other, and I felt as if each and everyone of them were sitting right beside me.
Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' is a brilliant epic dealing with the incredible, yet extremely controversial topics of politics, homosexuality, religion, and AIDS all wrapped up into one masterpiece. All of these topics cause wonderous commotion and arguments among the people in our society today. So, when I had learned previously that this book was going to squeeze all of these ideas together, I became both surprized and worried. After finishing the play though, I was overwhelmed at how an author could handle such an array of topics as these with so many controversies, and mesh them together in one work.
The single most important theme that I found installed throughout the enitre play, which clearly stands for every individual in America today, is that the only way anyone can deal with thier pain and suffering is not by hiding and avoiding the problem, but rather to admit their troubles openly. Kushner allows his readers the ability to meet several characters throughout the duration of the play, and does an incredible job of relating all of them together in a way so they can form a connection and grow to learn more about themselves and each other. Prior and Louis, Joe and Harper, and Roy and Belize all had difficulties in one way or another. The way in which they came to the realization about themselves and each other is by the way they communicate with one another. In the end, this play has taught me alot about myself as a whole, and has enabled me to realize that I should open up instead of holding my problems back. I will definitely read this play many more times, because it will help me in my journey of becoming a better human being.
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