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The play Long Days Journey into Night creates a world in which communication has broken down One of the great conflicts in the play is the characters uncanny inability to communicate despite their constant fighting For instance the men often fight amongst themselves over Marys addiction but no one is willing to confront her directly Instead they allow her to lie to herself about her own addiction and about Edmunds illness Edmund and Jamie do not communicate well until the last act when Jamie finally confesses his own jealousy of his brother and desire to see him fail Tyrone likewise can only criticize his sons but his stubborn nature will not allow him to accept criticism All the characters have bones to pick but they have trouble doing so in a constructive fashion Most of the bones that need picking emerge in the past which is remarkably alive for the Tyrones Mary in particular cannot forget the past and all the dreams she once had of being a nun or a pianist Tyrone too has always had high hopes for Jamie who has been a continual disappointment All the conflicts and the problems from the past cannot be forgotten and in fact they seem doomed to be relived day after day It is important to note that Long Days Journey into Night is not only a journey forward in time but also a journey back into the past lives of all the characters who continually dip back into their old lifestyles The reader is with the realization that the family is not making progress towards betterment but rather continually sliding into despair as they remain bound to a past that they can neither forget nor forgive The play is all the more tragic because it leaves little hope for the future indeed the future for the Tyrones can only be seen as one long cycle of a repeated past bound in
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