Angels in America | Critical Essay by Carla J. McDonough

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of Angels in America.
This section contains 3,181 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Carla J. McDonough

Critical Essay by Carla J. McDonough

SOURCE: "Other Voices, Other Men: Reinventing Masculinity," in Staging Masculinity: Male Identity in Contemporary American Drama, McFarland & Company, 1997, pp. 161-69.

In the excerpt below, McDonough investigates Kushner's examination of male identity in Angels in America, arguing that the play critiques "social assumptions regarding the efficacy of traditional masculinity. "

Although most of the male characters discussed in this study have put their faith in a set idea of masculinity and manhood, most also suffer confusion and doubt because they feel unable to achieve or maintain that ideal manhood. Mamet's businessmen, Shepard's would-be cow-boys, Rabe's soldiers and single men, and Wilson's family men, while sharing some common beliefs about American masculinity, all structure their ideas of manhood by privileging different qualities and structures of that masculinity. In short, although they tend to assume one definition, when set side by...

(read more)

This section contains 3,181 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Carla J. McDonough