Long Days Journey into Night by Eugene ONeillEugene ONeills autobiographical play Long Days Journey into Night is regarded as his finest work. First published by Yale University Press in 1956, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and has since sold more than one million copies. This edition includes a new foreword by Harold Bloom.
The action covers a fateful, heart-rending day from around 8:30 am to midnight, in August 1912 at the seaside Connecticut home of the Tyrones - the semi-autobiographical representations of ONeill himself, his older brother, and their parents at their home, Monte Cristo Cottage.
One theme of the play is addiction and the resulting dysfunction of the family. All three males are alcoholics and Mary is addicted to morphine. They all constantly conceal, blame, resent, regret, accuse and deny in an escalating cycle of conflict with occasional desperate and half-sincere attempts at affection, encouragement and consolation.
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The play depicts the family members' downward spiral into addiction, disease, and their own haunted pasts. It is generally regarded as Eugene O'Neill 's masterpiece. O'Neill was a major figure in the international drama scene. Before he came along, the rest of the world didn't give a flip about American plays. In the rest of the world's defense, there really wasn't much going on in the way of American play writing. Our buddy Eugene wasn't having that.
To find psychological backgrounds I used the book Familienproblem Alkohol by Sylvia Berke, which gave me a lot of information about functions that drugs can have for an addict and about how the familiar sphere of the addict can cope with the problem. I also used Steven F. I was not able to find literature specialized on drinking in A Streetcar Named Desire, so I had to find thesis in other papers on the play. For every character, I will try to give a general survey of his or her drinking habits and afterwards I attempted to analyze what function alcohol or drugs have for him or her. In the comparison I want to give an overview of similarities and differences according to the function of drugs in the two plays and for the characters.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
In this fast-paced, highly readable study, Robert M Dowling, a professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, charts that life and work in a powerful narrative, with a fresh perspective and some previously unpublished material. He breaks the action into four acts, building to a devastating last act, when insanity, violence and betrayal bring this eventful story to a dramatic climax. James, born in Kilkenny, emigrated with his family during the Famine. Ella was born in Cleveland to a family that had also been displaced by the great hunger. The life of a travelling actor was not an easy one for a growing family, and it took its toll on Ella. He spent most of his childhood in hotel rooms and temporary accommodation while his father barnstormed the country with his great melodramatic performance in The Count of Monte Cristo. A visit by the Abbey Theatre to New York in electrified the fledgling writer.
The play, which is considered an American masterpiece, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in James Tyrone, a semiretired actor, is vain, self-obsessed, and miserly; his wife, Mary, feels worthless and retreats into a morphine-induced haze. Jamie, their older son, is a bitter alcoholic. James refuses to acknowledge the illness of his consumptive younger son, Edmund. As Mary sinks into hallucination and madness, father and sons confront each other in searing scenes that reveal their hidden motives and interdependence.