Unformatted text preview: or transcend reality, and both use fog as a metaphor or mechanism for doing so. Edmund experiences his retreat into the fog with the help of alcohol, while Mary relies on morphine. And the title seems to reveal the play as cycles within cycles. First of all, Long Day's Journey Into Night is literally that: a very long day that eventually fades into night. The Tyrones start off the play in the bright morning sun, hoping against hope that Mary has finally kicked her addiction to morphine. By the end, it's the dead of night, and poor Mary is back on the drug. The promise of a happy healthy mom has been crushed. There are plenty of other cycles as well. The ephemeral effects of alcoholism display excessive consumption, drunkenness, slumber, dizziness, sober, and then the cycle repeats. And Jamie makes numerous endeavors at different jobs but ultimately he fails, succumbs to his vices of alcoholism and lust, and then repeats the cycle....
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- English-language films, status quo, Marx influence Edmund