"Long Day's Journey Into Night" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

"Long Day's Journey Into Night"
A review of the play "Long Day's Journey Into Night", by Eugene O'Neill.
# 44372 | 954 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2003 in Drama and Theater (American) , Literature (American)

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The paper examines the play "Long Day's Journey Into Night", written by one of the most esteemed American playwrights, Eugene O'Neill, and discusses the major theme that evolves around drugs and alcohol abuse, isolation, breakdown of communications and forgiveness. The paper analyzes the major dysfunction of all the characters in the Tyrone family and asserts that because O'Neill was able to rely on his own experiences, all four main characters are exceptionally deep and balanced, and the plot is distinctly unpredictable.

From the Paper:

"Eugene O'Neill stands as the greatest American playwrights for dramas. He is one of the most honored and esteemed playwrights of America. He wears a much too serious expression. He won a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner for his works; he stands as the greatest American playwrights for dramas, which include "Long Day's Journey Into Night". This work is interesting enough for its history. Besides the history alone, the play is fascinating in its own right. It tells of the "Tyrones" a fictional name for what is clearly the O'Neill's. There is not a happy tale: The youngest son (Edmond) is sent to a sanitarium to recover from tuberculosis; he despises his father for sending him; narcotics; and his older brother wreck his mother by drink. In real-life these factors conspired to turn O'Neill into who he was a tormented individual and a brilliant playwright.
"O'Neill's painful view of his own life forms the core of Long Day's Journey Into Night, one of the greatest of all American plays. The Tyrone family (father James, mother Mary, and sons Edmund and Jamie) of the play is a surrogate for O'Neill's own family and, through them; the playwright wrestles with his past demons. Covering a single day and night, O'Neill's play traces the impact on the family relapse into a drug addiction and younger son Edmund's being institutionalized for consumption. These events reopen old wounds and resentments and initiate a harrowing series of accusations and recriminations that threaten to tear apart the family."

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