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Look Back in Anger contains recurrent images of beasts which are suggestive and meaningful in context of the drama. Jimmy Porter's denunciation of individuals like Alison, Alison's mother and Helena is replete with beast imagery conveying special meaning. Mrs. Redfern , Alison's mother is called a ' rhinoceros in labour ', a 'female rhino', ' an old bitch', and ' an overfed privileged old bitch', Alison is referred to contemptuously as a ' stupid bitch', and 'that bitch', ' She is also a python ' which devours Jimmy whole every time as if he were a rabbit Again in his lyric in Act II, Scene I, he sings, ' avoid that old python coil', when he refers to women in love. M.D. Faber in his article,  The Character of Jimmy Porter ' discusses Jimmy's oral fixation and refers to his fear of  ' being eaten or devoured '. So Alison  becomes the devouring python. 

Jimmy's orality is beastly when once for a change, Cliff uses beast imagery to denigrate Jimmy,  calling him ' a bloody pig' for his hunger.  However,  Cliff uses the same image in a different sense when he says that Jimmy is ' too much of a pig' to appreciate Alison's  beauty. At the same time, Jimmy,  Alison and Cliff refer lovingly to one another as the bear,  the squirrel and the mouse respectively. 

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