Analysis Of O ' Neill 's The Emperor Jones Essay

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This paper explores conscious and unconscious thought trends in O’Neill’s “The Emperor Jones” through an equivalence to a clash between two opposite cultural sensibilities. The Emperor being a black faces a conflict between dialectical strains of conscious and unconscious i.e. conscious is powerful whereas unconscious is suppressed and silenced. But the course of the dramatic action shows how the unconscious is foregrounded i.e. the powerless overtake the powerful in both psychological and political term. Post-colonial theory and Locanian concept of psycho-analysis provide a base for analysis of the subject. The main strain in the text is the conflict between the colonial and post-colonial discourses. The colonial discourse stands for power whereas the letter the contractive to the former. Ronald Horvath writes, “it seems generally, if not universally, agreed that colonialism is a form of domination _ the control by individuals or groups over the territory and/or behavior of other individuals or groups”(47). So far as dominating and controlling other territories and individuals is concerned, it clearly shows the political ends of the power discourse that is marked by exploitation not only physically but psychologically as well. Ilan Kapoor quotes Edward said, “… drawing on Foucauldian discourse theory, he shows how they are laden with a “will power” a will to control, manipulate, even to incorporate, what is manifestly different … world”(1995:12)(Orientalism). This shows…

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