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Im always acutely aware of the Force behind - Fate God our biological past creating our present whatever one calls it - Mystery certainly - and the eternal tragedy of Man in his glorious self-destructive struggle to make the Force express him instead of being as an animal is an incident in its expression This is the only subject worth writing about and it is possible - or can be - to develop a tragic expression in terms of transfigured modern values and symbols in the theater Eugene ONeill When Eugene ONeill received the Nobel Prize in 1936 critics proclaimed him a tragic dramatist with a great knack for old-fashioned melodrama Not everyone shared this appreciation In a letter ONeill noted his uneven critical reception complaining of those who failed to see what he was trying to do He struggled to create a new dramatic form for the American stage one which transcended melodrama and achieved tragedy Although he has been a subject of controversy and many critics argued upon different issues concerning his life and career as a writer ONeill was definitely influenced by his own experience and knowledge Even though his main writings seem elevated and objective one can still sense the echoes of ONeills own life The authors main purpose was the knowledge of human psyche the way in which social and historical environments influence the inner structure of the individual in general Well known psychologists such as Freud or Jung and philosophers such as Nietzsche contributed to ONeills continuous research on the human soul and intellect As a consequence of that ONeill managed to transmute human instincts and feelings from ancient history into the present This is partly the goal he achieved in writing Mourning Becomes Electra What he experimented there in terms of literary genre was adapting a Greek tragedy into a twentieth-century model ONeill tries to create a genre that rivals
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