Mourning Becomes Electra Essay

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Claiming that the playwright "has at last written a straightforward tragedy of major proportions," Skinner offers a positive review of the debut production of O'Neill's play.

Eugene O'Neill has at last written a straightforward tragedy of major proportions. For reasons which I shall try to explain later on, it would be lacking in a true sense of proportion to call it a "great" tragedy in spite of the fact that many of its passages are infused with the true greatness of the tragic spirit, and in spite of the further fact that in structure, in sequence and in rhythm, the three plays composing the trilogy, "Mourning Becomes Electra, " contain, by all odds, the finest dramatic writing of O'Neill's career.

As to the general character of this ambitious trilogy, it is already widely understood that O'Neill has made the deliberate experiment of transposing the basic legend of several of...

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