Long Day 's Journey Into Night, A Streetcar Named Desire, And Death Of A Salesman

2076 Words Nov 28th, 2016 9 Pages
Often, people contemplate what is their biggest regret and why? While there might be a thousand different answers, regret is a universal feeling, which can be found everywhere, including literature. Within popular American fiction, one can find regret in the work of multiple authors like Eugene O 'Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller. In their individual plays, Long Day’s Journey into Night, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Death of a Salesman, the authors depict regret through their characters’ remorse with their current lives.
In Long Day’s Journey into Night, both Tyrone and Mary exhibit deep regret with how their decisions have caused their life together to develop. The play revolves around the Tyrone family, who over the course of one night becomes broken beyond repair. James Tyrone Sr., also known as Tyrone, is the patriarchal figure and also an actor. However, in the last twenty-five years, he 's only played one character. Tyrone regrets typecasting himself and ruining his theater career. During the middle of Act 4, Tyrone begins telling his youngest son, Edmund, about his decision to buy a production and cast himself as the main character. Tyrone has played this role for the last twenty-five years, repeatedly. As an effect, Tyrone becomes identified with the character and cannot find work elsewhere. Tyrone continues his mourning by questioning how different life could be for his family if he had never bought the play in the first place (O’Neill 911-12). Tyrone…

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