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Theme Of Selfishness In "Angels In America"

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There are many themes can be found in the play Angels in America by Tony Kushner, such as religion, sexuality and politics. Actually, they are all connected and related to the source of selfishness, because it just acts like a road sign to give a direction to a person. Sometimes, selfishness can lead you the way to save ourselves when you are in different situations; but at the same time, selfishness can hurt and change a person deeply. In these two scenes, act 1 scene 8 and act 2 scene 9, we can see how selfishness appears in these two pairs of couples which are in different situations, Joe with Harper and Louis with Prior.
Joe only cares for himself from the beginning of the play. He doesn’t admit or show others that he is a true homosexual. Not only because of the society still don’t widely accept a homosexual at that time, it is also because of his religion. If Joe decides to be a homosexual, then Mormons consider him is a serious sin person. Therefore, Joe starts to save himself in a nominal marriage with Harper. He treats this relationship as a friendship, because there is no husband in the world will call his wife “Buddy”. Joe doesn’t have an attention to Harper. Even though he knows she is suffering some kind of drug problem, but he still doesn’t care and find out the reason behind the issue. In addition, Harper never receives any sexual gratification from Joe. That makes Harper feels rejected, and she starts to question herself whether she is unattractive than other women or she is an enemy of Joe. “I’m the enemy. That’s easy. That doesn’t change. You think you’re the only one who hates sex; I do; I hate it with you” (Kushner 43) In spite of that isn’t Harper’s fault; Joe doesn’t feel her is attractive, because Joe is a homosexual. “I don’t have any sexual feelings for you, Harper. And I don’t think I ever did” Joe says. (Kushner 84) That shows us Joe needs and wants a man more than a woman. Anyway, back to the subject. Joe is always hiding the time when he goes out to “takes a long walk” in the park. Harper senses there is something wrong with Joe, because he always late at night and after the encounter with Prior in her hallucination. “Are you a homo?” (Kushner 43) say Harper. Nevertheless, Joe still always makes up some excuses or changes the subject purposely to evade this question whenever Harper is attempting to query him. “How many pills?” (Kushner 42) is frequently said by Joe to stop that conversation. He covers his ears every time they are talking about this subject. Joe wants to keep Harper by his side until he is ready for being a true homosexual person. “Harper.Please listen. I still love you very much. You’re still my best buddy; I’m not going to leave you”. (Kushner 82) This scene act 1 scene 8 totally shows us Joe is a selfish person; he scares of...

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