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Eugene ONeill does an outstanding job of developing different characterization techniques in the novel Long Days Journey Into Night ONeill proves that the physical details of a character the actions of a character and the dialogue of other characters about a certain character can reveal different character traits There is a lot that can be revealed about a certain character by their physical traits or details Two examples of this characterization technique come from Long Days Journey Into Night The first example of this is Mary is fifty-fourHer high forehead is framed by thick pure white hair ONeill pg 12 Mary is only fifty-four years old and that is a bit too young to have a head full of pure white hair This signifies that Mary has gone through a lot of stress in her life and she has been through many of problems A second example of how much can be revealed through physical detail is Her hands are never still They were once beautiful hands with long tapering fingers but rheumatism has knotted the joints and warped the fingers so now they have an ugly crippled look ONeill pg 12 This quotation shows that Mary is a very nervous woman Since her hands are constantly moving this shows her problem with anxiety and self-consciousness ONeill does a good job of revealing pieces of Marys character by displaying her physical details There is much that can be revealed about a character by their actions An example of this technique is Hardy only charges a dollar Thats what makes you think hes a fine doctor ONeill pg 31 This is said by Jamie to Tyrone because Tyrone will not pay the money for Edmund to see a better doctor This shows that Tyrone is cheap with his money A second example of how a character can be revealed by their actions is Especially if he hears afterwards youve seen McGuire and let that
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