Look Back in Anger Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the layout of the stage.

The audience is introduced to the scene of the Porters' one-room apartment in the Midlands on an early April evening. The curtain rises on a large Victorian attic room furnished simply with a dressing table, a double bed, a bookshelf, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, a gas stove and a cupboard. Downstage center is a dining table with three chairs, as well as two worn leather armchairs.

2. Describe the three main characters.

Jimmy Porter and Cliff Lewis are seated in the armchairs, surrounded by newspapers. They are both about twenty-five. Cliff has an easy air about him while Jimmy seems more tightly wound. Alison Porter, Jimmy's wife, a tall, dark girl, is ironing off to the left.

3. How does Cliff flirt with Alison in the opening scene?

Cliff asks, "How are you, dullin'?" Alison responds, "All right thank you, dear." Cliff kisses her hand and puts her fingers in his mouth, saying to Jimmy, "She's a beautiful girl, isn't she?"

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