Mourning Becomes Electra Themes

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Revenge

Revenge serves as a primary motivation for the play's actions. Seeking to revenge the death of his mother, Marie Brantome, Adam hopes to destroy the Mannon family, especially Ezra.

The Mannon family is a complex web of revenge scenarios: Christine wants revenge on her husband for her unhappy marriage; Lavinia wants revenge on her mother for killing her father; Orin wants revenge on Brant for sleeping with his mother.

Incest

Incest and incestuous desire lie behind most of the relationships central to Mourning Becomes Elec-tra. Ezra's daughter Lavinia loves her father; Christine's son Orin loves his mother, and Lavinia and Orin love each other.

While O'Neill presents these relationships as unconsummated desires, Orin does urge Lavinia to sleep with him in act three of The Haunted, hoping that by committing incest that they will be bound together in sin and guilt. His sister refuses.

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