The Great God Brown Themes

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Identity

In O'Neill's masterpiece, Long Day's Journey into Night, Mary Tyrone insists, "None of us can help the things life has done to us. They're done before you realize it, and... they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you'd like to be, and you've lost your true self forever." Like Long Day's Journey into Night, The Great God Brown focuses on the search for identity and the devastating consequences for those who are unable to discover a true sense of self.

Success and Failure

While Dion and Billy experience public success, they both suffer with inner failures, which eventually destroy them. Dion's dream is to gain divine inspiration and to become a successful artist. Yet, he considers himself a failure as he notes to his mother when she tells him "you've always painted pictures so well." He responds, "why must she...

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