You've tried to become the wife of your father and the mother of Orin! And there it is, the Electra complex in a nutshell: the daughter wishing to replace her mother in This is an early indication of the bizarre relationship between Orin and. "Mourning Becomes Electra" is a play by Eugene O'Neill. . forces--son-mother and daughter-father--whenever the relationship of the parents becomes worse. Mourning becomes Electra () is a play which features adultery, incest, . forces – son-mother and daughter-father whenever the relationship between the .
Mourning becomes Electra consists of three parts or plays. Most of the action takes place in or outside the Mannons residence in New England, in either spring or summer of or after the civil war, except for Act IV of The Haunted which has its action in the sea port. Homecoming refers to the return of Ezra Mannon after the civil war. Ezra is a judge, a general and a successful businessman. There is tension in the family. His wife Christine is often left neglected by her husband and does not love him anymore.
She has found a new lover in Brant. His daughter Lavinia has been rejected by her mother since her birth and hates her mother. The situation becomes more complicated when Lavinia actually loves Brant too.
Tension between the two women becomes less when Ezra comes home but the suspicion increases.Mourning Becomes Electra - Stratos Tzortzoglou Part 1
The pitch of violence comes when Christine murders Ezra and Lavinia wants revenge. Orin, separated from his mother, was sent to the war by his father for two years.
He comes home to see his mother. Lavinia believes Orin will not tolerate the idea of his mother having a love affair with Brant. Therefore she is going to deceive Orin to satisfy her desire for revenge. But Christine has tried to convince Orin not to believe what Lavinia has said to him.
However, Lavinia has succeeded in proving to Orin what Christine has done with Brant by taking him to the ship where Christine meets Brant and plans to go away with him. Soon after Christine leaves, Orin kills Brant.
At home, he tells his mother what he has done. Not withstanding the fact, Christine commits suicide. None of the Mannons but Lavinia is still alive. She has no one beside her except for heaps of her family shattered apart. Then she comes to separate herself from the outside world of the Mannons and lives in oblivion. The play is considered as a tragedy because of the doom challenging its characters.
Tragedy involves suffering, failure and death.
The issues are not trivial but one which anyone may encounter in life. Hate and revenge is found to be ruling over their love lives. In case of husband and wife relationship, we find that Christine never receives the love she desires from her husband. She is often left by Ezra who pursues his own prestige and power. Consequently she feels lonely, rejected and disgusted towards her husband.
In the case of parents and children, we find the Electra and Oedipus complex. A form of love expressed by intimate attachment of a daughter towards her father or a son towards his mother. Freud has said that such attachment seems to be a sexual deviation, meaning that sexual satisfaction is aimed at deep attachment to other persons instead of satisfaction of the genial urge.
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Thus, the adulthood sexuality is not aimed to pursue the satisfaction of genial urge but tuned to the childhood sexuality which is noted by the attempt to deal with the objects outside of him. From this point, Electra and Oedipus complex develops with its intricate emotional entanglement.
And the pitch of violence comes when Christine murder Ezra, and Lavinia, having know that her mother is a murderess, want to take a revenge. Orin, being separated from his mother and sent to the war by his father for two years, now comes home to see his mother. Yet, Lavinia believes that Orin will not tolerate the idea of his mother having a love affair with Adam Brant. Therefore, Lavinia is going to deceive Orin to satisfy her desire to take revenge upon Christine.
But Christine has tried to convince Orin not to believe in what Lavinia has said to him. However, Lavinia has succeeded in proving to Orin what Christine has done with Adam Brant by taking Orin to the ship where Christine meets Adam Brant and plans to go away with him.
Not withstanding with the fact that Brant and Orin has already known her affair with Adam, Christine commits suicide. None of the Mannons but only Lavinia who is still alive, having no one beside her except for the heaps of the family shattered apart. Then she comes to separate herself from the outside world of the Mannons. By the doom challenging the characters, the play can be regarded as a tragedy. Generally, tragedy involves suffering, failure and death Halten, It is obvious that O'Neill has put those things of tragedy as the ingredients for the main issue of the play with the death as the utmost end.
But, death never really matters in tragedy. Tragedy assumes that death is inevitable and that its coming is of no importance compared with what man does before his death Krutch, Due to the significance of what man does before his death in Mourning becomes Electra, Eugene O'Neill has put forth a family affair with its complexities in which each member is facing some conflicts with others and his own self, having failure and suffering, all of which are the tides of what man does before his death.
So, the presented issue is not trivial since what the Mannons has experienced is what one might be encountered with and that leads one aware of a living being's problem. Beyond all the above, obviously there is something hidden behind the Mannons' honor and greatness. That is hate and revenge of which the family is doomed to a ruin.
Further, such hate and revenge is going about within the family's love ties. In the case of husband and wife relationship, one would see that Christine never receives warm love, attention from her husband Ezra. She is often left by Ezra who only pursues his ambition and prestige. Consequently she feels lonely, rejected and disgust towards her husband as she admits to Lavinia: I loved him once--before I married him-incredible as that seems now! He was handsome in his lieutenant uniform!
But marriage soon turns his romance into disgust He always leaves me alone O'Neill, And that is the hints of trouble in the Mannons' love affection. Apart from her loneliness, as a wife, Christine has an instinctive urge to devote herself to her husband to give happiness to her husband physically and spiritually.
She says to her daughter: I want you to know what I've felt Yet, whenever her husband does not pay attention on her devotion, Christine certainly wonder what is wrong with herself. Her mind will be shadowed with the questions of what her weaknesses are. However, since she cannot stand with this burden of her mind, she will find fault with Ezra as the source of the 'bad'. For Ezra's personality, a background of his existence as a New Englander is influential.
Being a New Englander, Ezra has got a feature of life which is puritanical. According to the puritanism, marriage is something pure and sacred; it cannot be mixed with other feelings of love which give passion, sensuousness and warmth.
Besides, man should work hard to get private prestige Jovanovich, Being conditioned by the principle, Ezra would feel guilty when he should give passionate love to his romantic wife, somehow such love is actually needed. And nothing but he urge of working hard to reach a prestige has always directed Ezra's motives in his life.
If he cannot do, he will lose his pride as a Mannon. But this very situation gives some troubles to his relationship with this wife. Moreover, on the parents-children relationship, one will acknowledge a kind of Electra and Oedipus Complex. Electra and Oedipus Complex is a form of love which is expressed within the intimate attachment of a daughter towards her father, and a son towards his mother Freud, Further, Freud has said that such phenomenon seems to be a sexual deviation, meaning that sexual satisfaction is aimed to find the attachment to other persons, instead of the satisfaction of the genial urge Freud Thus, the adulthood sexuality is not aimed to pursue the satisfaction of genial urge, instead it is tuned to the childhood sexuality which is noted by the attempt to deal with the objects outside of him.
From this point, Electra and Oedipus complex develops with its intricate emotional entanglement.