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The play premiered on Broadway at the Guild Theatre on 26 October where it ran for performances before closing in March The story is a retelling of the Oresteia by Aeschylus. The characters parallel characters from the ancient Greek play. As a Greek eeugene made modern, the play features murder, adultery, incestuous love and revenge, and even wlectra group of townspeople who function as a kind of Greek chorus. Though fate alone guides characters’ actions in Greek tragedies, O’Neill’s characters have motivations grounded in s-era psychological theory as well.
The play can easily be read from a Freudian perspective, paying attention to various characters’ Flectra complexes and Electra complexes. Mourning Becomes Electra is divided into three plays with themes that correspond to the Oresteia trilogy. However, these plays are normally euhene produced individually, but only as part of the larger trilogy.
Each of these plays contains four to five acts, with only the first act of The Haunted being divided into actual scenes, and so Mourning Becomes Electra is extraordinarily lengthy for electfa drama. In production, it is often cut down. Also, because of the large cast size, it is not performed as often as some of O’Neill’s other major plays.
Act I It is late spring in front of the Mannon house. The master of the house, Brigadier-General Ezra Mannon, is soon to return from war.
Lavinia, Ezra’s severe daughter, like her mother Christine, has just returned from a trip to New York.
Seth, the gardener, takes Lavinia aside. He warns her against her would-be beau, Captain Brant. Before Seth can continue, however, Lavinia’s friend Peter and his sister Hazel, arrive. If Peter is proposing marriage to her again, becmoes must realize that she cannot marry anyone because Father needs her. Lavinia asks Seth to resume his story. Seth asks Lavinia if she has noticed that Brant resembles members of the Mannon family.
Seth believes that Brant is the child of David Mannon Ezra’s brother. Suddenly Brant electar enters from the drive. Calculatingly, Lavinia derides the memory of Brant’s mother. Brant explodes and reveals his heritage. He tells her Lavinia’s grandfather Ezra’s father also loved the Canuck nurse, and so jealously cast Ezra’s brother out of the family. Brant has sworn vengeance. Act II Becoomes moment later, Lavinia appears inside her father’s study.
Christine enters mouurning, wondering why Lavinia has summoned her. Lavinia reveals that she followed her to New York and saw her kissing Adam Brant. She accuses her mother of adultery. Christine defiantly tells Lavinia that she has long hated Ezra and that Lavinia was born of her disgust for him. She loves Lavinia’s brother Orin mournign he always seemed to be hers alone, and never Ezra’s.
Lavinia coldly explains that she intends to keep her mother’s adultery a secret for Ezra’s sake. Christine must only promise to never see Brant again. Laughingly Christine accuses her daughter of wanting Becoms for herself. She claims that Lavinia has always schemed to steal her place. However, Christine agrees to Lavinia’s terms. Later Christine proposes to Adam Brant that they poison Ezra and attribute his death to his heart trouble.
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Suddenly Ezra Mannon enters and stops stiffly before his house. Lavinia rushes forward and embraces him. Once she and her husband are alone, Christine assures him that he has nothing to suspect with regard to Brant.
Ezra impulsively kisses her hand. The war has made him realize that they must overcome the wall between them. Calculatingly Christine assures him that all is well. Mannon, waking, bitterly rebukes her. He knows the house is no longer his, and that Christine awaits his death to be free.
He sees through her. Christine deliberately taunts that she has indeed become Brant’s mistress. Mannon rises in fury, threatening her murder, and then falls back in agony, clutching his heart and bscomes for his medicine. Christine retrieves a box from her room and gives him poison instead of medicine. After taking the poison, Mannon realizes her treachery and calls out to Lavinia for help.
Lavinia rushes into the room. With his dying breath, Ezra indicts his wife: Her strength gone, Christine collapses in a faint, and Lavinia falls to her knees in anguish. Peter, Lavinia, and Orin arrive at the house. Orin disappointedly complains of his mother’s absence. He jealously asks Lavinia about what she wrote him regarding Christine and Brant. Lavinia warns him against believing Christine’s lies. Suddenly Christine hurries out, reproaching Peter for leaving Orin alone.
Mother and son embrace jubilantly. Act II Orin asks his becoems about Brant. Christine explains that Lavinia has gone mad and begun to accuse beckmes of the impossible.
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Orin sits at Christine’s feet and recounts his wonderful dreams about the two of them in the South Sea Islands. The Islands represented everything the war was not: Lavinia reappears in the room and coldly calls Orin to view their father’s body. Calculatingly Lavinia insists that Orin certainly cannot let their mother’s paramour escape. She convinces Orin of their mother’s treachery, and proposes that they watch Christine until she goes to meet Brant herself.
Christine sneaks out to meet Brant on the deck, and they retire to the cabin to speak in private.
Lavinia and an enraged Orin who followed their mother from the house listen from the deck. Brant and Christine decide to flee east and seek out their Blessed Islands.
Fearing the hour, they painfully bid beill other farewell.
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When Brant returns, Orin shoots him and ransacks the room to make it seem that Become has been robbed. Act V The following night Christine paces the drive before the Mannon house. Orin and Lavinia appear, revealing that they killed Brant.
Orin kneels beside her pleadingly, promising that he will make her happy, that they can leave Lavinia at home and go abroad together. Lavinia orders Eubene into the house.
Christine glares at her daughter euegne savage hatred and marches eufene the house. Lavinia determinedly turns her back on the house, standing like a sentinel. A shot is heard from Ezra’s study.
Lavinia’s body has lost its military stiffness and she resembles her mother perfectly. Orin egene grown dreadfully thin and bears the statue-like attitude of his father. Death has set her free to become her. Peter enters from the rear and gasps, thinking he has seen Christine’s ghost. Lavinia approaches him eagerly. Orin jealously mocks his sister’s warmth toward Peter, accusing her of becoming a true romantic during their time in the Islands. Lavinia enters, and with forced casualness, she asks ndill what he is doing.
Orin insists that they must atone for Mother’s death. As the last male Mannon, he has written a history of the family crimes, from Abe’s onward. He then observes snidely that Lavinia is the most interesting criminal of all. She only became pretty like their Mother on Brant’s Islands, with neiill natives staring at her with desire.
When Orin angrily accuses her of sleeping with one of them, Lavinia assumes Christine’s taunting voice. Reacting like Ezra, Orin grasps his sister’s throat, threatening her murder. It becomes apparent that Orin has taken Father’s place and Lavinia has taken Mother’s. Orin enters, insisting that he see Hazel alone. He ehgene her a sealed envelope, warning her to keep it safely away from Lavinia.
She should only open it a if something happens to him or b if Lavinia tries to marry Peter. Lavinia enters from the hall. Hazel tries to keep Orin’s envelope hidden behind her back, but Lavinia rushes to Orin, beseeching him to make her surrender it.
Orin complies, after Lavinia admits she loves him, and agrees to do whatever he wants.