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The Iceman Cometh is a tragedy written by Eugene ONeill in 1939 It is a story about a couple of men who spend the last days of their lives getting drunk in a bar They believe in these lies about themselves--pipe dreams as they call it--that enable them to think that their tomorrows would be better These pipe dreams and the whiskey that they drink everyday get them through their dismal days One day they were waiting as usual for Hickey a salesman who always buys them drinks and tells them stories about the iceman who cheats with the salesmans wife When he arrived though he not only tried to buy them drinks but he also tried to sell them something He talks about his newfound knowledge about pipe dreams He tells them that they should just let go of their pipe dreams by making these dreams come true so that they will be free from the weight of their hopeless dreams Of course no one listened to him They all thought he was just playing with them but he still tried anyway to convince them to do something about their dreams Finally he reveals to them that he too has a pipe dream that haunts him He then confesses to them that he killed his wife He believed that she was cheating on him when in truth he was also a bad husband to her and their relationship would have been different if he had accepted his faults Being guilty he turns himself in to the police Everyone then thinks he is crazy and that they shouldnt have believed in him in the first place In the end they all slip back into their drunken haze and their hopeless dreams As I watched the play I had a hard time staying awake Of course eventually I got the gist of it all but somewhere in the middle of the play during the party scene
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