Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill

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Which kind of relationship exists between mother and daughter in Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill?

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Lavinia and her mother, Christina, resemble each other physically, but this commonality does not guarantee a close connection between the two characters. When they argue, Lavinia takes a competitive and combative approach with her mother, one that hints at difficulties in their relationship.

Eugene O'Neill wrote this play during the time at which Americans were aware of Freudian theories, so he incorporated the Electra complex into his depiction of the relationship between mother and daughter. An Electra complex concerns the excessive attachment a daughter might feel towards her father, and this attachment leads the daughter to vilify her mother, who is an obstacle to the daughter's connection to her father.

In this play, Lavinia feels absolute love and unconditional adoration for her father, so much so that it interferes with Lavinia's relationships with men her...

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