Mourning Becomes Electra | Study Guide

Eugene O'Neill

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Lavinia Mannon Lavinia Mannon is the daughter of Ezra and Christine Mannon and sister of Orin Mannon. Deeply devoted to her father, her family is her greatest concern. Read More
Christine Mannon Christine Mannon is the wife of Ezra Mannon and the mother of Orin and Lavinia Mannon. A skilled manipulator, she murders Ezra to be with her lover. Read More
Orin Mannon Orin Mannon is the son of Christine and Ezra Mannon. He has been away fighting in the American Civil War (1861–65). Read More
Captain Adam Brant Captain Adam Brant is Christine Mannon's secret lover. He is bent upon taking revenge on the Mannon family. Read More
Ezra Mannon Ezra Mannon is the husband of Christine Mannon, father of Orin and Lavinia Mannon. He is murdered by his wife in the first play, which is the catalyst for the rest of the action. Read More
Peter Niles Peter Niles, Hazel's brother, is the Mannons' neighbor and longtime friend. As the play begins, he wants to marry Lavinia Mannon. Read More
Hazel Niles Hazel Niles, Peter's sister, is the Mannons' neighbor and longtime friend. She hopes to marry Orin Mannon. Read More
Amos Ames Amos Ames is one of the townspeople who is tasked with commenting on the doings of the Mannons. Louisa's husband, he appears in Homecoming and The Haunted.
Louisa Ames Louisa Ames is one of the townspeople who comments on the doings of the Mannons. Amos's wife, she appears in Homecoming.
Seth Beckwith Seth Beckwith has been the Mannons' gardener for 60 years and knows many family secrets. While not listed by O'Neill as one of the play's chorus characters, he comments on the action and moves it forward through his interactions with the characters.
Dr. Joseph Blake Dr. Joseph Blake is a local doctor, who appears in The Hunted. He is one of several characters who functions as the chorus in the play.
Emma Borden Emma Borden is the wife of Josiah Borden. The couple functions as the chorus in the play. They appear in The Hunted.
Josiah Borden Josiah Borden is the husband of Emma Borden. The couple functions as the chorus in the play, appearing in The Hunted.
Marie Brantôme Marie Brantôme is Captain Adam Brant's mother.
The chantyman The chantyman, who appears in The Hunted, is one of several characters who functions as the chorus. Portrayed as the slickest chantyman—singer of chantys, songs sung while sailors work—in any ocean, he comments on the death around them. He doesn't believe Ezra Mannon died of heart failure.
Everett Hills Everett Hills is the husband of Mrs. Hills. The couple functions as the chorus in the play, appearing in The Hunted.
Mrs. Hills Mrs. Hills is the wife of Everett Hills. Functioning as a chorus member, she appears in The Hunted.
Ira Mackel Ira Mackel is one of the townspeople who comments on events involving the Mannons. He appears in The Haunted as part of a group of men who discuss the haunted nature of the Mannon house.
Abe Mannon Abe Mannon is Ezra and David Mannon's father.
David Mannon David Mannon is Ezra Mannon's brother and Captain Adam Brant's father.
Minnie Minnie is one of the townspeople who are tasked with commenting on the Mannons. Louisa's cousin, she appears in Homecoming.
Joe Silva Joe Silva, a townsperson, appears in The Haunted as part of a group of men who comment on the haunted nature of the Mannon house.
Abner Small Abner Small, one of the townspeople in The Haunted, bets Seth Beckwith $10 that he can stay in the haunted Mannon house.
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