Struggle, Defeat or Rebirth: Eugene O'Neill's Vision of Humanity

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McFarland, 27 окт. 2005 г. - Всего страниц: 293
To Eugene O'Neill, the links between man and his surroundings were of prime importance. His characters struggled with existential problems, and how they related to them reveals much about O'Neill's own humanity. For the most part, the characters defeat their problems and in doing so are "reborn" in some manner. This work examines the 49 plays that O'Neill completed, focusing on his attempt to find an inner truth in his characters. Part One explores the family, showing how a person is trapped by heredity, space, time and communal hierarchy. Part Two deals with the individual and society, showing how societal conventions confined the characters. In Part Three, personal freedom is the centerpiece, showing how the characters develop a specific approach to life that leads to a coherent vision of the characters' relationships with the world around them.
 

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THE FAMILY
5
The Imprisoned Person
19
Relations Between the Characters
33
From the Microcosm to the Macrocosm
66
The Image of the Family
72
HUMANITY AND WORLDS
79
The Place of the Human Being in the World
93
Belonging
110
Conclusion
135
Revelation of an Existential Condition
152
The Acknowledgment of the Individual
162
Nature
199
Conclusion
221
Notes and References
231
Chronological List of the Plays
259
Index
271

NonBelonging
117

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Thierry Dubost is a professor at the University of Caen Normandie (France).

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