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Title: Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill: Aeschylus and Plato’s Cave to Create a Dark Drama
Author: Gilabert Barberà, Pau
Keywords: Tradició clàssica
Mite de la caverna (Al·legoria)
Electra (Mitologia grega)
Classical tradition
Plato's cave (Allegory)
Èsquil, 525-456 aC. Agamèmnon
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Adolf M. Hakkert Editore
Abstract: The fundamental debt of E. O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra to Aeschylus, and to a lesser degree to Sophocles and Euripides, has been always recognised but, according to the author’s hypothesis, O’Neill might have taken advantage of the Platonic image of the cave in order to magnify his both Greek and American drama. It is certainly a risky hypothesis that stricto sensu cannot be proved, but it is also reader’s right to evaluate the plausibility and the possible dramatic benefit derived from such a reading. Besides indicating to what degree some of the essential themes of Platonic philosophy concerning darkness, light or the flight from the prison of the material world are not extraneous to O’Neill’s work, the author proves he was aware of the Platonic image of the cave thanks to its capital importance in the work of some of his intellectual mentors such as F. Nietzsche or Oscar Wilde. Nevertheless, the most significant aim of the author’s article is to emphasize both the dramatic benefits and the logical reflections derived, as said before, from reading little by little O’Neill’s drama bearing in mind the above mentioned Platonic parameter.
Note: Versió postprint
It is part of: LEXIS. Poetica, retorica e comunicazione nella tradizione classica, 2011, vol. 29, pp. 369-402.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2445/63632
ISSN: 2210-8823
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Filologia Grega, Filologia Llatina, Filologia Romànica i Filologia Semítica)

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