What's the significance of a value of a dollar in Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill?

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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 small fortune by playing the lead role in the Count of Monte Cristo, and he also owns property, he is stingy with his money when it comes to his family. He says he learned the value of a dollar by growing up in poverty in Ireland, and that childhood taught him to hold on to his wealth. His family, however, suffers from his miserly ways. Mary claims that she would not be addicted to morphine had Tyrone hadn’t paid a “quack” doctor to look after her after Edmond was born. Tyrone’s sons also accuse him of being cheap when considering a sanitorium for Edmond’s tuberculosis care. He tells Edmond he can go to any hospital he likes, but then quickly adds, “within reason,” proving that he remains focused on the value of a dollar throughout.






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