The Themes Of Alcoholism By Benjamin ONeill

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Brittany Perrault
Engl 499: O’Neill Study
Dr. Benjamin D. Carson
10 December 2017

Alcoholics seek control in a world of social constructs set by somebody else, an escape from the torture of everyday life, peace from the constant voice in their head making them believe they are not good enough, numbness from negative thoughts and emotions. Alcohol keeps them safe from their paralyzing thoughts and away from reality. By intentionally numbing themselves, alcoholics no longer have to deal with how much of a failure they feel. Throughout O’Neill’s repertoire, alcoholism runs rampant. The theme appears autobiographical as it represents the turmoil throughout his tragic life. O’Neill’s writing illustrates how alcoholism can create solitude and
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By the end of the play, the characters are stripped of the facade they put on and sit down together. Despite being in each others company, they remain isolated as they sit motionless in a shared depression. O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten is a continuation of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. This play focuses on O’Neill’s eldest brother Jamie—written under the alias Jim Tyrone—and how his addiction to alcohol lead him to drink himself to death. Moon for the Misbegotten showcases how Jim, Phil Hogan, and his daughter Josie Hogan utilize alcohol to hide their genuine selves from from the world but they struggle to hide from each other with this crutch. The characters fight to hide their true selves, but their relationships with each other put cracks in their hardened personas that not even alcohol can hide. Knowing that his mother wished for him to stop drinking, Jim willingly obliged. Just as she was able to overcome her addiction to morphine, he would prevail over his dependency of alcohol. For two years he was able to quit drinking. Then, Mary was diagnosed with brain tumor and rapidly deteriorated and slipped into a coma. Seeing her in such a state drove Jim to drink again, believing that she would never wake up to see him break his promise. Before her passing however, Mary woke up and saw him drunk. Jim tells himself that it was not real as to not deal with the emotions attached to breaking his now deceased mother’s
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