Eugene O'Neil's "Long Day's Journey into Night"
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This review of Eugene O'Neil's "Long Day's Journey Into Night", describes how the characters use denial as a temporary escape from their problems. Whether it be denying personal qualities, such as stinginess, a bad decision, or an unhealthy addiction, their denial only makes their problems worse. O'Neill uses the Tyrone family and their denial to show how avoiding issues is not going to solve or make them disappear. Though denial may be a temporary escape from a problem, in the long run it is futile.
From the Paper:"It is common knowledge that "The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem." Unfortunately, in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night", many of the characters find the first step to be the hardest. Instead of facing reality, James Tyrone, Edmund, Jamie, and Mary continue to deny their problems in hopes that they will go away. Each of the characters uses denial as a temporary escape from their problems and the reality of the world rather than facing their problems and solving them."
Sample of Sources Used:
- O'Neill, Eugene. "Long Day's Journey Into Night." The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2003. 2005-2082.
Cite this Book Review:
Eugene O'Neil's "Long Day's Journey into Night" (2007, February 16) Retrieved October 20, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/eugene-o-neil-long-day-journey-into-night-92226/
"Eugene O'Neil's "Long Day's Journey into Night"" 16 February 2007. Web. 20 October. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/eugene-o-neil-long-day-journey-into-night-92226/>