American Drama (English 34) NotesMarch 24, 2014-American drama agreed from the 17thcentury until the type of Eugene O’Neill to remain in the shadows of European drama and restrict themselves to only melodramas or comedyDramatists:promote anxiety/fear-producing differences and transform them into the comic typeCore of comedy:turns strangers into members of the family and recognizable types. Reduces sources of estrangement….to laugh away fearPurpose of melodrama:resolving the situations. Turning moral complexity into an evasion of moral responsibility. Allows for the ability to prematurely cut off capacity to care of truly respond. Lets us know how it’s all going to end.James O’Neill: father of playwright Eugene O’Neill. Irish actor that became the most famous melodramatic actor of his time. Always wore a mask engendering wife Mary to take up morphinethen heroine to fill the void in her heart.