AMERICAN DRAMA - AMERICAN DRAMA(3\/30 Origins of American Drama 20th century writer Eugene ONeill o Experienced melodrama as the genre organizing his

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03/30/2015°AMERICAN DRAMA°(3/30)°Origins of American Drama20thcentury writer- Eugene O’NeilloExperienced melodrama as the genre organizing his family’s dysfunctional relationshipsoAmerican drama had trouble separating itself from European forms previouslyoO’Neill’s experiences with his family inspired him to transform the genreMelodramaoSoap Operas are examples, pro wrestling toooBegins with the assumption that the world can be divided into good or badoComplexity derives from our certitude that the good will be rewarded and bad will be punished.We follow the plot and complexities and changes because we gain moral clarity by the endoIf this form serves as a framework for a family, it leads to distorted relationships and questionable judgments, humans are more complex than thisoEvery member of the O’neill family was wearing a maskoThe wife of James O’neill transferred her love for god onto james , the man she married was not the same as the actor orher ideals, she then used morphine to satisfy her lack of mutual love, ended up being a substitute for james and faithJames failed to see this, or that he was part of the cause. Jamie O’Neill became addicted to alcohol, replaced the power of his father to repeatedly capture an audience with the repetition of growing powerful from consuming alcoholAddiction is a desire for something that will meet and unappeasable mean for intimacyEugene
oTried to create poetry that could not be translated or used in plays by his fatheroEugene developed TB a disease which had history in the family. His father sent him to a state sanatorium to die, hopingto save the family from a curse and keep the family from being brokeoWhile in the sanitarium, he read the great dramas of the times, he wanted to construct plays that could “never have a part for his father”oGot well by writing plays that would break itself free from the habit of melodramaArthur MilleroMarried Marilyn MonroeWrote After the Fall, after she committed suicide, brought his own dramatic form to judgment oAll plays had an ending with suicideTennessee Williams oAmericans are afraid of emotions and their own intensitiesoWanted to educated the publics emotional intelligenceAugust WilsonPlays interrupt pre-understood instances in American history, to fill in knowledge that only African americans understandoFolk Wisdom of African American lived experience°(4/1)°Anna Christie°An anti-melodramaGenealogy of Anna ChristieoO’Neill sought to engage his audience in the traumas on which melodramas were based yet subvert melodramatic formoHe refused to conform his characters to social stereotypesoHe refused to organize his play according to traditional melodramatic structureoTalked with a sailor at a bar, the sailor told him of all the losses and tragedies in his life, almost like a confession (chris christopherson)
Commits suicide a year latero

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