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The Hairy Ape

The Hairy Ape is considered a key work in modernist drama, so it is only natural that alienation be its key theme. The alienation of the modern individual was a large concern of modernist art in...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2019 1:46 pm UTC

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Let us remember that expressionism is a branch of drama where playwrights focus on presenting a profoundly subjective view of life through the eyes of one or more of his characters. As a result of...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 2:44 pm UTC

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One way in which there is disharmony between man's primitive pride and his individualism exists in the industrialized setting. The capitalist structure in which individual identity is predicated...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2014 6:52 pm UTC

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Yank, the protagonist ofThe Hairy Ape, is obsessed with the concept of "belonging," since it gives him security in a larger world. Yank is strong, because of his job shoveling coal, and believes...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 3:53 pm UTC

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The biggest symbol in the play is the ape which takes Yank's life at the finale. It is both a double for Yank yet also the final sign that he is utterly alone. Yank himself is constantly likened to...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2019 5:42 pm UTC

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O'Neill establishes several images that address what it means to be human in the midst of modern industrialization. The social order intrinsic to 20th Century industrial civilization features an...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2014 4:48 pm UTC

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The Thinker is a sculpture by the artist Auguste Rodin. It features a physically fit man sitting somewhat hunched over, perched upon a stone, with his hand supporting the weight of his chin. As the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2016 6:25 am UTC

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We first meet Mildred Douglas in scene 2 of Eugene O'Neill's 1922 play The Hairy Ape. She's reclining in a deck chair on the promenade deck of a transatlantic ocean liner enjoying the sunshine and...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019 8:06 pm UTC

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The Hairy Ape

The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill centers around a working-class character, Yank. Yank represents the paralysis of the industrial worker in 1922, though the themes of isolation, paralysis as related...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 8:48 pm UTC

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Eugene O'Neill's play The Hairy Ape is an expressionistic play. Expressionism began in Germany in the early twentieth century and spread throughout Europe. It was brought to the United States by...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 5:14 am UTC

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Yank's original definition of "belonging" in The Hairy Apeis based on his physical prowess and his place in the world; he shovels coal on a steamer and takes pride in his abilities, limited though...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 4:07 pm UTC

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In life, Eugene O'Neill was extremely amazed with the sea and long for it as a cathartic means for escape. It is easy, with a psychoanalytical view to see the connection between O'Neill's life and...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010 5:14 am UTC

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Yank does not give many specific details of his life as a child, but from what we can gather, it seems particularly brutal. Yank grew up relatively poor and had a miserable home life situation. His...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 7:33 pm UTC

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InThe Hairy Ape, Paddy is described as follows: ...an old, wizened Irishman who is dozing, very drunk, on the benches forward. His face is extremely monkey-like with all the sad, patient pathos of...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 4:21 pm UTC

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Eugene O'Neill was an American playwright who wrote during the American Realist movement. Realists believed that a person was simply a person, within realistic environments/happenings, and dialect...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012 8:12 pm UTC

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In The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill, Robert Smith is normally referred to as "Yank" despite its not being his real name. It is what is known as a "nickname", a name given to someone informally...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 2:45 pm UTC

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In one way, the message Eugene O’Neill wants to tell us from this play The Hairy Ape concerns the effects of social inequality on character type and gender.

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 5:27 am UTC

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Although Mildred is often considered the antagonist as a result of her spoiled upbringing, the fact that she suffers cannot be ignored. Although she is more privileged than Yank, she too is...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2007 11:53 pm UTC

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The encounter between Paddy and Yank in the very beginning of the play serves several purposes. It establishes the time period of the drama, the early years of the Twentieth Century. America has...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2011 5:05 am UTC

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In the play The Hairy Ape, I don't believe that she was "foiled" by anyone, but she was foiled by something. In the first act, the second scene, Mildred is quoted, "I am sired by...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2008 4:35 am UTC

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Tough question, because this play brings up so many ideas. I would say that there are 2 major themes, one is a political theme which is the role of Socialism. At the time the play was written,...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2008 5:50 am UTC

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A pivotal moment in The Hairy Ape, of course, is that instant in which a vociferous, cursing Yank, with a black-smudged back on which rivulets of sweat run, around whose eyes "the coal dust sticks...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2014 9:36 pm UTC

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Class is the defining concern of the play. Yank is a member of the working class, exploited for little money and with next to no chance of ever moving upward on the social ladder. The...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 3:14 pm UTC

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I think it's a good play, it's a bit harder to read then some of O'Neil's other plays. The problem with it is that it has a lot of themes, a lot of ideas, and a lot of stuff going on. To me that...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2008 12:42 pm UTC

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In reality, the play The Hairy Ape, by Eugene O'Neil is not intended for an Irish audience, nor does it isolate social issues that are unique to Ireland. In fact, the only character that we could...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2011 3:33 am UTC

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One thing we can notice right away about Yank's attempts to belong is that they are all rather violent approaches, showing us that belonging for him is not merely about fitting in with the crowd...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2014 6:45 am UTC

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