|Eugene O' Neill|
Eugene O' Neill’s originality in plot construction is also evident in Lavinia's tragic end. In the Greek model Electra though suffering the torments and agony of waiting, is at the end let off with the betrothal to Oresteia’s faithful friend, Pylades. In Eugene O' Neill’s play, Lavinia, the one surviving Mannon, does not seek an easy escape from the Mannon family curse by marring peter Niles. She realizes how illusory this hopes and therefore takes leave of peter and has the shutters of the house waited; she will enter it, never to go out again. O Neil’s psychological reinterpretation of the Greek myth is also seen in his substitution of the curse on the house of Atreus by the Mannon curse. Read More American literature Eugene O' Neill wanted to ‘get modern psychological approximation of Greek sense of fate, in to the play. This psychological approximation is found in the Mannon denial of life’; basic spontaneous, natural drives are thwarted by the morbid Mannon family and find out in torture, abnormal relationships. The obvious by neurotic relationship between the major charters and the Oresteian parallel serve primarily to emphasize the self destructive conduits which are the consequence of the ‘denial of life’ that is the Mannon curse.