The Great God Brown

by Eugene O’Neill
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Research Freud’s theories on the subconscious, especially his definition of the ego, the id, and the super ego and apply them to the characters and their use of masks in The Great God Brown.

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Investigate the history of the use of masks in the theater. Explain whether O’Neill’s use of masks in the play is traditional or innovative.

Read O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night and compare its themes to those in The Great God Brown.

Explore biographical details about O’Neill, especially those that concern his relationship with his family. What autobiographical elements can you find in the play?

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