DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS PDF
Title: Desire Under the Elms Author: Eugene O'Neill () * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: resourceone.info Edition: 1 Language: . Desire Under the Elms is written by the legendary American playwright. Eugene O'Neill ( - ). It was published in and performed on November. Desire Under the Elms. Goodman Theatre. Student Subscription Series. / Season. Student Guide written by. Eugene O'Neill. Student Guide written.
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Desire Under the Elms: A Play by Eugene O'Neil. Desire Under the Elms is the last of O'Neil's naturalistic plays written in three parts with each part in split into. Desire Under the Elms. photo by craig schwartz. Study Guide. Table of Contents. 3Cast of Characters & Setting. 4About the Play: Synopsis. PDF | Greek mythology serves as the background of this play. O' Neill Desire Under the Elms is also the first of O' Neill's drama in which the.
He denounces his father saying he is his mother through and through. Eben also reveals his grudge against his half-brothers for not helping or protecting his mother. He then leaves to visit his local prostitute.
As Eben leaves, his brothers remark on how like his father he is. Act 1, Scene 3 Eben comes home late and wakes his brothers.
He informs them that their father has remarried a year-old woman and is on his way home. When Simeon and Peter realize the farm will go to her, they decide to go west. Eben desperately wants the farm because it belonged to his mother and he wishes to honor her memory.
They tell him they will think about it, waiting to decide until they see their father's new wife and can see the money in person.
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However, as soon as Eben leaves the room, they decide to stop working the farm. Act 1, Scene 4 The brothers reveal to Eben they won't be working on the farm anymore, so Eben goes to milk the cows while Peter and Simeon get drunk.
Eben returns to the house after seeing his father and his new wife on the horizon. Peter and Simeon decide to leave the farm and sign the papers for Eben.
They walk outside; taunt their father, Ephraim, and his new wife, Abbie; and then leave for California. Abbie begins to explore the house and runs into Eben. They are both attracted to each other but fight over the future possession of the farm.
The scene closes with harsh words between Ephraim and Eben.
Act 2, Scene 1 This scene takes place outside the farmhouse two months later. Abbie catches Eben on the way to visit Min, his choice prostitute. She tries to seduce him, but he has only a mind for owning the farm and leaves her. Ephraim enters and is transformed.
He is now gentle and is coming around to the idea of Eben owning the farm. Abbie gets upset at possibly losing the farm to Eben and claims he was lusting after her. Ephraim wants to throw Eben off the farm, but Abbie convinces him that Eben is needed to do the farm work. She then suggests they have a son, and Ephraim promises to give her the farm if she does.
Act 2, Scene 2 Ephraim and Abbie sit in their bedroom talking about having a son. Ephraim tells the story of how he made the farm when he was only 20 years old and the terrible loneliness he has experienced with his wives.
Abbie has no interest in his story, and he leaves. Abbie then goes to Eben's room and kisses him. He kisses her, but then, confused, pushes her away.
However, caught in her power, he agrees to court her in the parlor that has been closed since his mother's death. Act 2, Scene 3 Eben meets Abbie in the parlor where Eben talks about his mother, beginning to cry.
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Abbie comforts him, saying that she could be a new mom to him and asking him to kiss her. Eventually Eben gives in and admits he loves her and has since the first hour he met her. Act 2, Scene 4 Abbie bids Eben goodbye as he heads for work. She makes him re-swear his love and then goes to get some sleep. Eben runs into his father and asks for their feud to be over. He believes his mother's soul is now at rest because he has taken revenge on his father and goes off to work laughing.
Act 3, Scene 1 Ephraim throws a party for the birth of what he considers his new son. Abbie sits in a chair, pale and unmoving. She keeps asking where Eben is.
The party guests keep hinting that they know the son is Eben's but neither Abbie nor Ephraim catch on. Abbie goes upstairs and finds Eben, they kiss, and she says the baby looks just like him. Ephraim goes outside for air, and with a feeling that something's not at rest, goes to sleep with the cows.
Act 3, Scene 2 Ephraim runs into Eben later that night and tells him he will not have the farm now that Ephraim has a son. Eben becomes convinced that Abbie has been using him and confronts her about it once Ephraim goes inside and Abbie comes out.
He says that he is going to leave, that he doesn't love her, and that she is a lying whore. Abbie comforts him, saying that she could be a new mom to him and asking him to kiss her. Eventually Eben gives in and admits he loves her and has since the first hour he met her. Abbie bids Eben goodbye as he heads for work. She makes him re-swear his love and then goes to get some sleep. Eben runs into his father and asks for their feud to be over.
He believes his mother's soul is now at rest because he has taken revenge on his father and goes off to work laughing.
Ephraim throws a party for the birth of what he considers his new son. Abbie sits in a chair, pale and unmoving. She keeps asking where Eben is. The party guests keep hinting that they know the son is Eben's but neither Abbie nor Ephraim catch on. Abbie goes upstairs and finds Eben, they kiss, and she says the baby looks just like him.
Ephraim goes outside for air, and with a feeling that something's not at rest, goes to sleep with the cows. Ephraim runs into Eben later that night and tells him he will not have the farm now that Ephraim has a son.
Eben becomes convinced that Abbie has been using him and confronts her about it once Ephraim goes inside and Abbie comes out. He says that he is going to leave, that he doesn't love her, and that she is a lying whore. Hysterical, she asks that if there is any way to prove that she didn't have a son with him to steal the land from him, would he ever love her again?
He says yes, but that she isn't God, so there is no way. She promises that there is and Eben goes inside to get drunk. It is the morning after the party and Eben sits in the kitchen with his bag packed.
Abbie comes downstairs and tells him what she has done to prove she loves him and wasn't lying. She has killed their son. Enraged, Eben condemns her and runs out to get a sheriff to take her away. Abbie faints. Ephraim wakes up, and Abbie tells him she has murdered the baby and that it wasn't his.
He becomes detached and says he is going out to work. Before he leaves, Ephraim says she should have loved him and he would have protected her no matter what. Eben comes back and professes that he still loves her but that he told the sheriff. He demands to take some fault for murder. Abbie doesn't want him to, but he blurts it out the moment the sheriff arrives. The two get taken away together. Desire Under the Elms was inspired by plot elements and characters from the Euripides play Hippolytus.
In it, Phaedra, Theseus' wife, attempts to seduce his son, chaste Hippolytus. After this fails and Hippolytus threatens to reveal her unfaithfulness, Phaedra commits suicide.
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Theseus finds a letter that Phaedra carried accusing Hippolytus of raping her. Enraged, Theseus using one of three wishes that his father Poseidon promised him curses his son with banishment or death. After Hippolytus is fatally wounded by an encounter with a bull, Artemis arrives to reveal the truth to Theseus, and Hippolytus dies after absolving his father.
Both plays are driven by a love triangle between a father, a son, and a stepmother, and the tragedy arises from misguided actions made by the stepmother.
In Phaedra's case it is her lust of her husband's son and the falseness of her letter. In Desire Under the Elms: Specifically, he points out very similarly confused relationships with the writers' respective mothers and contentious relationships with their fathers.
He also writes, "The basic situation, where the young son has seen his beloved mother worked to death by a hard father and then has had to bear the usurpation of her position by an aggressive stepmother, has its origin in The Son of a Servant. After two months at the Greenwich Village Theater, this production transferred to Broadway and played an additional nine months, first at the Earl Carroll Theater , then at George M.
Cohan's Theater and finally at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre , for a total of performances. Broadway — Transfer of the Goodman production; opened April 27, at the St. James Theater , 32 performances.
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For the film adaptation, see Desire Under the Elms film. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Find sources: Eugene O'Neill.Then this spring the call come--the voice o' God cryin' in my wilderness, in my lonesomeness--t' go out an' seek an' find! Abbie comes downstairs and tells him what she has done to prove she loves him and wasn't lying.
Waal--ye better git t' work. He turns and strides off up the road. Don't cry, Eben! Mine ought t' git mine. His face is as hard as if it were hewn out of a boulder, yet there is a weakness in it, a petty pride in its own narrow strength.
I'll be everythin' she was t' ye! After supper Eben tells his brothers that he has overheard their conversation about California.
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