Analysis of Eugene O Neill’s "Mourning Becomes Electra" as an Aeschylean Model

Analysis of Eugene O Neill’s "Mourning Becomes Electra" as
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Sub Topics: Comparative Study on Trilogy- "Homecoming", "The Hunted" and "The Haunted"

Key Words: Eugene O' Neill, trilogy, Homecoming, The Hunted and The Haunted, play, Aeschylus, logical development


Eugene O' Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra which is about a brother and sister trying to avenge their father’s murder is constructed as a trilogy- Homecoming, The Hunted and The Haunted -on a very large scale. Eugene O' Neill’s play is adapted from Aeschylus’s tragic trilogy called the Oresteia. The model is Aeschylus, and the pattern of Homecoming and The Hunted follows very closely the pattern of Oresteia. Though each play has a beginning, a logical development and convincing and, the three plays cannot be taken separately. The sequence of parts, exposition, complication, climax and resolution, is reflected in the trilogy as a whole. The complication and climax naturally begin with the murder of Ezra Mammon and end with Orin’s suicide.
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