Long Day's Journey Into Night Essay

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Long Day’s Journey into Night
Long Day’s Journey into Night, written by Eugene O’neill, is a play about a tragic, gloomy day in the lives of the Tyrones’. With O’neill’s use of elements such as diction, syntax, selection of details and method of organization, he is able to create such an accurate play, depicting a situation similar to his own, filled with gloominess and alcohol. As for the narrator of the play, there really isn’t one, but it is shown that Edmund Tyrone in the play reflects O’neill, as he once suffered from consumption just like Edmund. Edmund is a forgiving character and doesn’t blame as much as his family members do. He is the peacekeeper of the family, which keeps the family from falling apart like it is at the verge of doing
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More than once, Edmund is seen telling all the other characters to stop when they are arguing, like saying “Cut it out, Papa” or “Mama, don’t”. Edmund can also resort to violence to keep the peace, e.g. Edmund slaps Jamie, in defense of his mother, when he goes too far by saying “The Mad Scene. Enter Ophelia” (Pg. 174) after his mother makes a scene while she isn’t sane. This exemplifies Edmund’s need for peace and respect amidst everything that is going on around him, and also his love for his family. Edmund is an intellectual and enjoys poetry and philosophy. Edmund cites many poems and his philosophy accordingly to the topic of the conversation, which shows that Edmund finds his great escape through poetry and philosophy, or rather art. It is his way to cope with and escape the problems that his family face, unlike the rest of the characters. This is very much like Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie who also finds his escape through poetry.
In conclusion, the struggles that the Tyrones face are described descriptively, such as Edmund’s alcoholism, Mary’s morphine addiction, James’ stinginess or Jamie’s failure in life, all of which were through different elements. Symbolisms in the play also provide a means of escape for the character, in a stuffy situation. Edmund, unlike his family, is blameless of the situation, which kind of makes him a protagonist in the play. Fortunately, Edmund can use his talent of words and philosophy to virtually send himself into a world full with rainbows and unicorns, leaving behind this dark of a
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