Eugene O Neill Critical Analysis

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Chapter one: introduction 1. Eugene O’Neill: A brief introduction 20 ورقه Eugene Gladstone O 'Neill (1888-1953) was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. He was the third son of the best Irish immigrant actor of American theatre James O 'Neill and Mary Ellen Quinlan, who was also of Irish descent. O 'Neill was sent to the St. Aloysius Academy, because of his father 's profession, a Catholic boarding school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, where he found his only consolation in books. O 'Neill spent his summers in New London. He attended Princeton University for one year. His mother suffered from mental illness and his father suffered from alcoholism and . O 'Neill 's first appearance as a critic came in Provincetown, the quiet fishing village,…show more content…
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Modern American Drama in 20th Century Modern American Drama cannot be defined in a matter of a few words. It is not a dictionary term that has a specific definition. It could be described as a period in which America’s writers began to prosper in their work, producing new and ‘modern’ dramatic pieces. “However once exploring this period one would see that it is a collection of experimentalism in such forms as expressionism and realism, themes such as Reality versus Illusion, language that reflects the society of which they were writing of, and an exploration of social and cultural changes” (Gerry1987: 92). The purpose of Modern American Drama was to “speak to a world in which the individual had been increasingly cut loose from the traditional of religion, socio/political alignments, family relationships, and a defined self-image” (Kenneth, Melnitz 1955:164). It is a fateful part of literary study into a world that was beginning to change literary future with extremely emotional and compelling work which paved the way for generations to interest

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