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Long Day's Journey into Night

O'Neill's play takes place during a twenty-four-hour period (or less) in which the problems of the Tyrone family are laid bare in stark detail. It is thus a "journey," as the title indicates,...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2019 11:15 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical play Long Day's Journey into Night reveals the vast dysfunction of the Tyrone family. The play represents the internal and external conflicts of the family...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2012 2:56 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey into Night spans one horrible day in the lives of the Tyrone family. This is a dysfunctional family facing many problems: disease, alcoholism, drug...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 2:10 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

It is largely the substance of O’Neill’s posthumously published masterpiece that makes it a recognizably modern tragedy. The setting, the characters, and the fraught, complex relationships between...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 12:01 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

Your question addresses the issues of both tragedy and modernity in O'Neill's drama. First, are we certain that Long Day's Journey into Night satisfies the definition of tragedy? In my view it...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 4:21 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

One of the major conflicts in the play is between young, 23 year old, tubercular Edmund (based on O'Neill himself) and his mother. Edmund has suffered growing up alongside his mother's morphine...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019 1:49 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

Long Day's Journey into Night was written between 1939 and 1941, but was only published and performed in 1956, three years after O' Neil's death. The play was an immediate success and made a...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2010 6:34 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

In Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, Mary Tyrone cannot find happiness in the present because she is emotionally stuck in the past. She constantly thinks about her girlhood, before...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 4:52 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The fog functions in several ways within this play, which spans the length of one day in the life of the Tyrone family. It serves as a marker of time as the play progresses, it creates dramatic...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2009 6:28 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The importance of the setting lies in the way that the Tyrone family home is situated in a part of the country that is particularly prone to fog. Fog becomes an important symbol throughout the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2013 6:24 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The theme of disillusionment is common to O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Disillusionment is a significant theme in O'Neill's drama. James is...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2015 4:28 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

Most of the main characters in Long Day's Journey Into Night retain a ghost-like appearance in that they are haunted. The sad, faded world they inhabit is no longer occupied by flesh and blood...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2017 5:00 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

In Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, the “value of a dollar” is significant because James Tyrone is accused by his family of being a miser with his money. Although Tyrone has made a...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 6:42 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The conflicts that O'Neill depicts in Long Day's Journey Into Night are reflective of the Naturalistic tone that drives the drama. The conflicts help to enhance the Naturalist tone O'Neill seeks...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2014 1:05 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The male characters use many allusions in the play. James Tyrone, an actor steeped in knowledge of Shakespeare, has an abundance of quotes at hand, and the family's living room is filled with...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 2:11 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

It is clear that the majority of characters in this tragic play have problems with drugs and/or alcohol, but what is also clear is that because so many of the other characters struggle with their...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2013 6:16 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night is not just a "tragedy of a modern family" but a tragedy, period, and is based on the classical models beloved of the playwright. The disintegration of...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2018 4:53 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

O'Neill reveals the past of all the Tyrones through a series of vocal confrontations between the various family members. This is especially true of the three men, and continues right throughout the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2012 9:48 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

Mary's obsession with her past is very much a function of her denial of the present. By living in the past, she is able to ignore the problems of the present: Edmund's illness, Tyrone's frugality,...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2011 8:41 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

A Long Day’s Journey into the Night is a play by Eugene O’Neill, and it premiered in 1956. It follows one day in the life of the Tyrone family, which explains the title. Illness is a major theme in...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 2:32 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

In O'Neill's autobiographical play, the fog horn represents the search for understanding/safety. As a fog horn leads seafarers through dangerous, dark waters, so does the play lead O'Neill through...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2008 3:02 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

There are many themes in "Long Day's Journey into Night" by America's only Nobel Laureate playwright, Eugene O'Neill. The story deals with a dysfunctional family, all members being addicted to...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2009 5:42 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The Irish element in Long Day's Journey into Night is present from the very start. The family depicted in the play are called Tyrone, a very Irish name, which also happens to be one of the nine...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 1:10 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The major symbol of reality in the play is, aptly, the fog. As the play opens, the previous evening's fog has dissipated, and along with it has the madness and confusion of the family and their...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2012 7:50 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

From what we learn in the course of the play, Edmund (and Jamie's) grandfathers do not appear to have had much positive influence in the family. Tyrone's father, we are told, deserted his family...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2012 1:31 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The Tyrone family is not unlike many of our own, with demons from the past poking their faces into the hazy reality of each characters life. For the aging father, James Tyrone, his reality is that...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2012 7:42 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

This act is central is unveiling more details about Mary's lost state of mind and portraying the first real confrontation between her and the men, which the previous acts have been leading up to....

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012 10:49 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

The meaning of the thematic element "value of a dollar" in Long Day's Journey into the Night by Eugene O'Neil rests in James Tyrone's background. Abandoned by his father at a young age, he and his...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2009 6:14 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

Long Day's Journey into Night, Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical play about the Tyrone family, presents an interesting case study for examining both Scarf's and Beavers's views of family dynamics....

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 1:47 pm UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

This play was acted on stage in New York City, but you are too young to be familiar with any of the actors and actresses that played Mary and James Tyrone, Edmund and Jamie so you will have to come...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010 11:52 am UTC

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Long Day's Journey into Night

I think it is important to understand that great literary works, such as O'Neill's play, hardly ever make an explicit endorsement or refutal of the characters, but rather lay the bare facts of...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2015 8:06 pm UTC

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