Angels in America Symbols Themes
In order to get a deeper and a better understanding of the play at hand, I have both read the play and watched the HBO Mini Series of Angels in America. This helped me to visualize the play and empathize with characters as well as made it easier for me to identify the symbols and the mindset of the society towards homosexuality.
Specifically, my focus on this project will be to examine the symbol of “San Francisco” and its various interpretations and the relationship between the characters to explore themes such as race, and homosexuality. Watching the play, near the end when Prior Walter is in heaven, the director has included the Golden Gate Bridge in the shot, which is a direct reference to San Francisco. This suggest that San Francisco is a symbol of heaven, which could be interpreted as an escape for people feeling opressed by the society due to the ethnicity, color, or sexual preferences (homosexuality).
The symbol of San Francisco also strongly mean freedom with its liberal, open, and humane historical culture. Thus, I have added multiple snapshots from the series, in order to portray how “San Francisco” is interpreted as heaven.
Furthermore, I have also included the snapshots of the characters and specific scenes such as the moment when Louis finds out about Prior’s illness,Joe’s confrontation scene with his wife Harper about his true sexual preferences, and Roy’s edgy dialoguewith his nurse in order to briefly explore the theme of race and homosexuality through multiple character perspectives. These specific scenes will help me explore the relationships in a deeper way as well as help me make connections to the symbol of San Francisco and its meaning.