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Eugene O’Neill: Long Day’s Journey into Night

 The Long
Day’s Journey into Night is a biography of the author that presents
elements of his own family and life such as O’ Neill’s father and brother and
their excessive drinking condition, his mother that was addicted to morphine,
and O’Neill himself with his drinking problems and tuberculosis. In both cases,
the author’s family and the family presented in the play take refuge in the
worst habits to get away from the reality that storms them. Long Day’s Journey into Night revolves around an American family
broken by frustrations and vices. Mary, a woman with an addiction to morphine, is
married to James Tyrone, an actor who has spent his life on the road without
being able to establish a stable home- a metaphor of the family instability.
The marriage has two children, Edmundo and Jimmy. Edmundo shows talent for
poetry but he is seriously ill, while Jimmy, forced by his father to dedicate
himself to the theater, cannot keep himself on track and spends all the money
that falls into his hands in drinks. The play becomes a journey into the past
to reveal the intimacies of its four members, guilty and not to being able to
forget; at the same time innocence, love, and understanding to one another.

 Long Day’s Journey into Night is considered a Realistic Drama because it is a story that can
happen every day in our families.  The
exposition begins in the living room of the Tyrone summer residence, where the
family members talk and have breakfast together. It will be in the course of
that day when all the lies, hypocrisies, and complaints will come out to the
light. The play takes place from morning to night of the same day in which
O’Neill immerses his characters in a slow, painful, and long journey into the
night exposing the tragedies of the past, resentments, disappointments, and
demonstrations of affection between the family members. The dialectical
confrontations between the characters not only draw convulsive family
relationships but also the environment that represents the true condition of
some American families at the beginning of the 20th century.

This is a story
that reflects the feelings of love, hate, and ghosts hidden in the depths of
people’s being. One of the strong points of this play is the dialogue full of
tension and a constant game between love and hate, passing from a moment of kiss
and embrace to the cruelest and harmful reproach. In addition, one the most
important themes of the play are the loneliness and lack of communication presented
not only among families but also among society and its constant search for who to blame about
frustrations and failures. Another important theme is the impact of the
past on the present of the characters’ personality. In O’Neill, the search and
answer for identity are focused on the past events of each character of the
story.