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    M. Butterfly and Angels in America are compared. Examples from the text support the position.

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    Although there are numerous topics for your consideration, I have listed several ideas for you to select:

    One idea to compare is the use of theme. Both seem to suggest that what separates humans is less about gender and sexuality and more about our inability first to create an honest image of ourselves and then to live up to that image. Joe demonstrates this dilemma in 1.8 (1647) and 3.5 (1667). When Belize says during 3.3 (1665) that "love is very hard," he is also serves as support for Prior during his illness (2.5).

    Besides MB's character transformations against cultural stereotyping, the plays also reveal how protagonists undergo psychological changes toward self affirmation.
    Please notice how the characters perceive others as well as their notions of their own real identities, as they attempt to transform themselves in order to be acknowledged for who they are.
    M. B examines of western stereotyping of Asia and tries to fracture the butterfly myth of Asian submissiveness to western dominance.

    Just as MS chatters stereotypes, you may also want to examine how Angels shatters some religious notions. Another example occurs in Angels when Harper and Prior meet in a mutual dream. Harper says, "In my church we don't believe in homosexuals." Prior then retorts, "In my church we don't believe in Mormons."

    Louis also discovers Joe's religion and it sparks the end of their relationship. He says, "I don't like cults," to his Mormon lover. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not a cult," Joe replies. Louis then replies, "Any religion that's not at least two thousand years old is a cult."

    In addition, you may also want to examine that both plays offer their characters a quest for spirituality or inner fulfillment. Please ...

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    This posting compares and contrasts two popular plays.