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Eugene O'Neill

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Eugene O'Neill

First Performed





Drama, Tragedy

Perspective and Narrator

The Emperor Jones is told from the perspective of an unreliable narrator, Brutus Jones. All but two scenes are single character monologues. The first and last scenes frame the story, with the final scene taking place after Jones's death.

About the Title

The Emperor Jones is the story of Brutus Jones, who becomes the emperor of an unnamed island nation, similar to Haiti.


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