Essay - Eugene O'neill's Play, 'The Emperor Jones (1921),' is the Horrifying...

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Eugene O'Neill's play, "The Emperor Jones (1921)," is the horrifying story of Rufus Jones, the monarch of a West Indian *****land, presented in a single *****ct of eight scenes of violence and disturbing images. O'Neill's sense ***** tragedy comes out undiluted in this surreal and nightmarish study of *****' character in a mighty struggle *****nd tension between black Christianity and ***** paganism (IMBD). Jones is an unforgettable character in his powerfulness and fatalness, made most evident by the support of language, sound ***** other stage effects, such as the dreadful drumming sounds and the Emperor's hallucinations. T***** psychological drama delves into ***** nature of power, the inevitable pull of history and in ***** belief in the supernatural ***** these were experienced in the first two decades of the last century.

The play is a monument to O'Neill's vision of conflict between a m*****n and his own psyche, "between learn*****g what life is really made of," and how ***** ordinary man ***** little prepared to learn (IMBD). It is a sordid, shattering *****, which brings the audience to a journey of fear, anger, humility, sadness and terror, experienced by a monster ***** an emperor whose only resort to s*****ity was to humiliate and dehu*****ize those whom he governs in the pursuit of social, political ***** financial goals. O'Neill spells out h***** tragic message about human reality - the truth about ourselves - after a merciless probe into its I dark alleys and frank depths.

The dehumanization of man is the same subject of another play, "The Hairy Ape (1922)." Rather than improve on the human c*****dition, industrialization has reduced the ***** worker into a mere machine, which can be manipulated or turned on or off ***** wh*****tles. He is no longer required or expected to think independently: machines do the job f***** him. The human worker ***** instead relegated to the most menial and meanest "grunt work and physical labor" that has reverted man ***** the ape or Neanderthal state.

O'Neill expresses his objection to the tyranny of progress and industrialization and the tragedy it has brought upon ***** life in the ironic retrogression of *****ive human beings into unthinking, manipulated and helpless *****s. Yank and ***** fellows are more than symbolic apes ***** language is complex and to whom thought is difficult. O'Neill views modern man as "un-evolved," ignorant about class and concerned only w*****h brute survival and a machine-like sense of belonging. Like an ape, ***** is terri*****rial, pigheaded and aggressive and O'Neill uses h***** *****ization to present a most grotesque condition ***** modern *****.

Though ***** compelling primary need, the sense of belonging is not achieved in ***** ***** from an animal ***** a spiritu*****l being. Th***** frustration is ***** by the character ***** Yank as the filthy and arrogant ship leader, who is later thr***** out by the *****ndustrial Workers of the World ***** a "br*****inless *****." In h***** urge to belong somewhere, he sets a gorilla free from a zoo in order ***** befriend it but


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