Angels in America

Angels in America


Tony Kushner

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Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov Character Analysis

An elderly Bolshevik who appears at the beginning of Part Two to ask what will succeed the Soviet Union. His name is a play on words, as “antediluvian” means “before the flood” (usually the Biblical Flood of Noah) and “prelapsarian” means “before the fall” (before the Biblical Fall of Man). Both these ideas relate to some event that drastically changes the course of human history, and from which society must rebuild itself.

Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov Quotes in Angels in America

The Angels in America quotes below are all either spoken by Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov or refer to Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Homosexuality in the AIDS Era Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Theatre Communications Group edition of Angels in America published in 2013.
Perestroika: Act 1, Scene 1 Quotes

The Great Question before us is: Can we Change? In Time? And we all desire that Change will come.

Related Characters: Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov (speaker)
Related Symbols: Perestroika, Funerals
Page Number: 137
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Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov Character Timeline in Angels in America

The timeline below shows where the character Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov appears in Angels in America. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Perestroika: Act 1, Scene 1
Homosexuality in the AIDS Era Theme Icon
Prophets and Prophecies Theme Icon
Progressivism, Conservatism, and Change Theme Icon
Fantasy, Escape, and Tragedy Theme Icon
The Clash between People and Principles Theme Icon
...a podium. There is a huge red flag behind him. The man introduces himself as Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov , the World’s Oldest Bolshevik. Aleksii admits that Communism is coming to an end—it’s dying... (full context)