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Volume 1 Issue 8

January 2015

Shackled but not Shattered: Ephraim Cabot in Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms
Dr. Diwakar Thomas, 
Associate Professor, 
Department of English, 
Kongunadu Arts and Science College, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Desire Under The Elms (1924) is one of O’Neill’s seminal plays. Queried in 1925 about the themes of the play, O’Neill called it a tragedy of the possessive (Floyd 155). The plot juxtaposed with the Biblical themes and paralleled with the Greek tragedy, has acquired a new meaning and added new directions to the play. The play is essentially a story of solitude, physical solitude, the solitude of the land, of men's dreams, of love, of life. Ephraim Cabot, the 75 year old protagonist, appears only near the end of scene four, yet he dominates the action.
Ephraim Cabot; Solitude; Desire Under The Elms; Eugene O'Neill.
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