Eugene O'Neill Writing Styles in Mourning Becomes Electra

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Chorus

Traditionally in Greek tragedies, the chorus consists of masked actors who dance and chant. Generally, they do not participate in the action itself, which allows them to remain objective and offer advice or commentary. They often present background information and represent the community's position or traditional values. In the Mourning Becomes Electra trilogy, the groups of local people whose conversations and actions open the plays serve as the chorus.

Naturalism

Naturalism is a nineteenth-century theory that developed in the wake of Darwin's theory of evolution. Naturalists perceived people as products of their heredity and environment. Naturalistic drama presents a vision of human life as akin to that of animal nature, in which these Darwinian drives motivate people. In many ways, these forces of nature minimize or even eliminate the individual's free will.

Naturalistic elements in Mourning Becomes Electro, include the ways the characters' personal histories and environments determine...

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