Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

In what respects do the family relationships in Long Day’s Journey into Night and other Eugene O’Neill plays mirror those of his early life?

What was the state of the American theater when O’Neill began writing?

How did the Provincetown Players contribute to O’Neill’s success?

Does O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra differ thematically from Aeschylus’s Oresteia (458 b.c.e.)?

What is the significance of the masks in The Great God Brown?

How does the setting of The Iceman Cometh facilitate the realization of the play’s theme?

Plays depend for their success on audiences. Would O’Neill’s long plays have been more effective if he had shortened them substantially?