Long Day’s Journey Into Night Analysis Essay

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Eugene O’Neill’s play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is not morbid, full of despair and hopelessness or unpleasant. James, Mary, Jamie, and Edmund Tyrone all had the opportunity to change their ways. The Tyrone family had opportunities of redemption to help each other and help themselves but they chose to not to take them, even though they all loved each other they couldn't help one another as much as they needed but the opportunity of hope was still present. O’Neill’s play is not morbid because of the meaning of the word. Morbid means “suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude” (“Morbid”). James Tyrone the Father of Jamie, Edmund, and late Eugene struggled with the addiction of alcohol. Even though this addiction is not healthy …show more content…
Despair is “loss of hope; hopelessness” (“Despair”). When there is love the opportunity of hope or redemption is always present. The Tyrone family all loved each other greatly, despite all their addictions and fights with each other. “I suppose I can't forgive her-yet. It meant so much. I'd begun to hope, if she'd beaten the game, I could, too” (O’Neill 4.1.92). Jamie is implying that his Mother was and still is the person he looks up to even though she is struggling with her addiction. If she has hope of beating her addiction then he can too. He has hope for her and also himself because they both love each other. “Anything that inhibits development prolongs the period of dependency” (Black). Each member of the Tyrone family is dependent on alcohol, drugs, women or money. The longer they are addicted the lesser chance they have of being non dependent on their addictions. The Tyrone family loves each other and even though they all have an addiction that they depend upon there is hope for the family because love exists. O’Neill’s play is not full of despair. Eugene O’Neill’s play is not full of hopelessness because of the meaning of hopelessness. Hopelessness is “impossible to accomplish, solve, or resolve” (“Hopelessness”). The Tyrone family accomplished living their daily lives while struggling with addictions. “Who wants to see life as it is, if they can help it?” (4.1.42-44). Edmund states this because

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