Sunday, November 28, 2021

The dysfunctional Tyrone, Keller, and Loman families in Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller

Along with her list of novels from the 1920s for her Master's exam, a student of mine also put together a list of plays from the 1950s, including Eugene O'Neill's "A Long Day's Journey Into Night", and Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" and "Death of Salesman." They share the theme of dysfunctional families: O'Neill's Tyrone family struggles with Mary Tyrone's morphine addiction; the Keller family in "All My Sons" lives in denial about the crime Joe Keller committed but was found not guilty of; the men in the Loman family in "Death of a Salesman" have been lying to each other and to themselves for so long that they cannot stop. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 27 November 2021)

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