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Analysis of Before Breakfast by Eugene ONeill The husband Alfred is intentionally kept off stage because Eugene ONeill wanted the Plot Action and Conflict in Before Breakfast to revolve around Mrs Rowland The plot is not intended to show the life story of the Rowlands But instead the plot brings out powerful and greatly focused opposition and conflict which Mrs Rowland is faced with I think that ONeill wanted to bring about disturbing emotions of pity and horror We experience pity for Mrs Rowland when the author wrights What is she going to dohave the childor go to one of those doctors And the horror is at the end when the author writes Did you cut yourself again Alfred Alfred Answer me What is it you knocked over Are you still drunk Alfred We know with out seeing Alfred that he has cut his throat this changes the scene form one of gore and blood to one of horror and dismay We all know from our own experiences that there is always and perpetually two sides to every story The audience learns of Alfred form comments made by his wife We never get to hear Alfreds side of the story Alfred makes moaning and grunting sounds form the bedroom but never speaks a word in self defense The audience can for them shelves draw a conclusion that Mrs Rowlands point of view is distorted to a detrimental degree By only using Mrs Rowland point of view ONeill was able to focus the audiences feelings of pity and fear in the direction of Mrs Rowland With the focus on Mrs Rowland ONeill was able to bring a tragic plot in dramatic form a tragedy to stage As I was reading the play I had feelings of compassion for Mr Rowland ONeill builds on this emotion until the climax In Before Breakfast the climax is at the very end of the
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