A Long Days Journey Into Night

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Eugene O'Neill's 'A Long Day's Journey Into Night' portrays Tyrone family's hopeless review of their past - the circumstances, choices and actions that have shaped the course of their lives and relationships to the present dismal realities troubling them…

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The Tyrones represent a typical dysfunctional American family-- James Tyrone, the father, is purely materialistic and has all through his life cherished the Great American Dream of getting rich; but he is an alcoholic with no soft sentiments for his wife and children. Mary, the mother, who lives in the past is irreparably addicted to Morphine; Jamie, the elder son, is a dissolute alcoholic, taken to women, whisky and songs and fails miserably at everything; and Edmund the youngest is committed to a sanatorium for the treatment of tuberculosis. As the play advances the four characters slashes callously at each other for their misery, undergoes bitter revelations and through inevitable self-examination finally realize their roles in shaping their doomed-to- failure lives. The play ends as the family prepares to confront the stark realties through the cathartic cohesiveness of the familial bond and love that has held them together through their unruly past. [O' Neill, 1989]
"Written in tears and blood," O'Neill expounds "deep pity and understanding and forgiveness for all the four haunted Tyrones." [Cited Manheim, 1998; p. ...
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