International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)

The portrayal of contemporary social commentary in john Osborne’s the gift of friendship


Ajay Sangwan

The television plays of John Osborne, like his regular and adapted plays, epitomize the fury and disillusionment, frustration and anger of an entire post-war generation. The objective of Osborne’s writing The Gift of Friendship is to provide a vivid portrait of man of era in British society in particular and of our own cultural history in general. Like many intellectuals of our country, Osborne thinks that to raise relevant questions and to be aware of the problems is as important as to find their solution. Answering a question if society can be saved, the playwright asserted, “Yes, if it can be woken up”1. If people could be made aware of the problems, they would move some stage towards their solution. Therefore, his basic aim has been to wake up the society through the clarion call of his protagonists.
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