Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neil is a autobiographical assignment of tragedy depicting the author’s activity through theatre. The artifice of the comedy focuses on a abortive ancestors aggravating to accord with their problems such as alcoholism, biologic addiction and activity aggressive ache through the advance of the day able-bodied into the night in a repeating cycle. Each appearance has their own flaw; about Mary Tyrone is the best adverse hero in the play. Once she acclimated to be an innocent babe absent to be a nun or pianist, but ends up in an black alliance forth with a morphine addiction which has created a atrophy in her appearance by authoritative her lose blow with reality.
Mary is the axial appearance in the comedy as the men in the comedy circumduct about her. Her bedmate James Tyrone, and her two sons, James and Edmund are presented in the alpha of the comedy as a blessed ancestors adequate breakfast in their summer abode on a brilliant morning. While it may assume as every family’s dream, the abode and the ancestors associates are all active in an illusion, abnormally Mary. At the breakfast table, she is portrayed as a acceptable housewife “She is dressed simplyâ€¦she has the simple, artless agreeableness of a shy covenant-girl boyhood she has never lost-an congenital carnal innocence”( O’Neill 13). As she may assume as the antecedent of the Tyrone ancestors area anybody acts actual blessed and is alert of their accomplishments about her because of the abhorrence of her abiding morphine addiction. In the alpha of the aboriginal Act there is a ray of achievement from the ancestors as they accept that Mary has exhausted her morphine addiction, but is the addiction absolutely over?
As the comedy progresses accomplished the morning, we acquisition out the affidavit abaft her biologic addiction. Overall, Edmund, her youngest son receives the accusation for the addiction. The bearing of Edmund afterwards her additional son died has acquired Mary abundant concrete and affecting pain. Instead of accepting able advice and ambidextrous with the accident of her adolescent that was adulterated by measles, the bargain doctor, that her bedmate found, artlessly assigned morphine after acumen the admeasurement of Mary’s pain. “I knew I’d accepted by the way I’d larboard Eugene that I wasn’t aces to accept addition baby, and that God would abuse me if I did” Concrete affliction and answerability ridden acquainted has apprenticed Mary abandoned to depend on morphine as her way of ambidextrous with the connected answerability she feels about the accident of her son, Eugene.
Mary has larboard adjust in hopes of a bigger activity with no added morphine to depend on, about as she allotment home, it is aback to the abandoned aeon as things don’t absolutely change in her activity and she relapses. Her youngest son is ill with tuberculosis, the aforementioned ache that her ancestor died from. Her abandoned abundance in all this is morphine and to accumulate cogent herself that it is abandoned “a summer cold.” Denial is a big allotment of Mary’s activity forth with loneliness. She has had a actual abandoned life, as she consistently catholic with her acting bedmate and never accepting a abundant home. Afterwards the aspersion that complex a bedmate and her husband, all of Mary’s friends” either pitied [her] or cut [her] dead” (88). Since she had no friends, and consistently spent nights abandoned in bargain auberge rooms, her abandoned escape was the morphine as it lessened the activity of bareness alike if it was aloof for a while.
As Mary was growing up, she believed that her domiciliary ambiance was correct, alike admitting her ancestor was an alcoholic. Despite that, she grew up with a eyes of accepting a home, and her accepted summer home never acquainted like a home to her. It never provided any comfort, “I’ve never acquainted it was my home. It was amiss from the start. Everything was done in the cheapest way” (45). It reminded her of the bargain hotels area she spent continued and abandoned nights cat-and-mouse for Edmund. Loneliness, her husband’s cheapness, Edmund’s illness, and her accident of acceptance accept acquired Mary to seek out her escape from reality, morphine. The moment of assurance was back she went out to boondocks with Cathleen, her servant, to the angishore to ample her prescription, “it’s a appropriate affectionate of medicine. I accept to booty it because there is no alternative that can stop the pain- all the pain” (106). At this moment it is bright of Mary’s addiction and the actuality that she does not plan on gluttonous out absolute help, as she would rather about-face to the means that accept helped her before.
But what about this ahead declared abstraction of accident acceptance and how does it affect to Mary’s life? The comedy alcove its aiguille as Mary descends bottomward the stairs with braided her into pigtails and her bells dress in her arms, canonizing her accomplished at the agreement academy and Mother Elizabeth, the nun at the school. The braided beard symbolizes Mary absent to be that innocent, airy babe that she acclimated to be afore James Tyrone. The bells dress is annihilation but a anamnesis of a time back in “the bounce article happened to me. Yes, I remember. I fell in adulation with James Tyrone and was so blessed for time”(179). Her acceptance in alliance has achromatic as it was annihilation like she anticipation it would about-face out. The abandoned affair that Mary believes in is morphine as it has never let her down.
Mother Elizabeth has been an ideal angel in the eyes of Mary, as she generally acquainted a abutting affiliation with her and admired “her bigger than [her] own mother”(178). Mother Elizabeth brash Mary to go out into the absolute apple aboriginal afore committing herself to the activity of a nun. Mary believes that she had the eyes from Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus herself and believes that acceptable a nun is her life’s goal. Ironically Mary Tyrone and Virgin Mary both allotment the aforementioned name. In the end, Mary feels like she did not alive up to the abeyant of her name. In the Mothers, she angle herself as a bad mother to her two sons.
Mary’s final coast into the accomplished signifies that she wishes her activity angry out abnormally than it did. She has absolutely absent her able religious views, as able-bodied as acceptance in the Virgin Mary. Continued Day’s Journey into night becomes Continued Day’s Journey into the Past, as Mary with the advice of morphine boring moves backwards in to the past. Mary says, “The accomplished is the present isn’t it? It’s the approaching too” (75). This is the bright account of how Mary angle the apple about her and there is no point of acknowledgment for her. Her activity as she acclimated to appearance it is over, the abandoned abundance in her activity is morphine and assuming that in the morning it will be all be alright as her ancestors gathers about for breakfast.
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