Question 1970: In the play “The Hairy Ape” written by Eugene O’Neill, Brian Smith, more widely known as Yank is a working class member of the proletariat. At the beginning of the play Yank is called a “beast” by Mildred, a stuck up self flattering woman of the upper class, in the stockhole. This leaves Yank baffled for the rest of the play, he can’t rap his mind around why Mildred would call him a...
In the coosing scenes of the play Yank is released from jail after being locked away for about a month. The falling action in the play comes very fast! Yank tried to join the I.W.W and is thrown out for being suspicious. After being kicked out of the club a cop tells him to go to hell, and then he proceeds to be smashed by (you guessed it!”) an ape that he tries to befriend.
Scene six, Yank is once again depicted sitting like “the thinker”, and also while in the jail block someone just happened to say “dis is de zoo, heh?”. Infuriated by the statement Yank rages, ever since Mildred said that in the beginning of the play it has been eating at Yank.
Scene five opens with Yank and Long walking down fith avenue to seek out Mildred. Though while walking they notice how clean the sidewalks are and how expense all of the furs and jewels are, both Long and Yank are bewildered at the prices the “bourgeois class” spends. As the churchgoers begin to fill the streets Yanks grows what I feel is jealous by all of the over-dressed people and...
Yank is very sullen after the encounter with Mildred, he doesn’t quite rap his mind around the situation until Paddy teases him by saying that he is in love with her, at that point he tells his fellow workers that he doesn’t think that he has fallen in love but has fallen in hate with her. Paddy disagrees and says why else would she be coming down to the stockhole, they then realize...
Mildred Douglas and Aunt Lounge are introduced in this next scene. Both characters sit separately from the rest of the crew hands, they are very pampered and aristocratic. As they walk around the ship acting, and in ther minds, knowing that they are better than the others they are “observing” yelling playful insults at each other basically bragging in front of the firemen. Scene 3...
The book opens with the firemen gathering in the ships forecastle, the cramped quarters of the bow of the ship. The men are ok drinking and having a good time on their break from shoveling coal. Yank is introduced in this scene, he is described as an “alpha-male”, Paddy who is an Older man known for his drunkeness, and also we meet Long who is also aboard the ocean liner who preaches...
I GOT A WOMAN ON MY MIND…and she ain’t good!
Eugene Gladstone O’Neill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. O’Neill is most widely known for his plays having some type of tragedy in them or a pessimistic outlook to some degree, although he did have one successful comedy (Ah Wilderness!). His plays were among the first to incorporate American vernacular!
FIRST PUBLICATION: “The Hairy Ape”, first produced in 1922 by the Provincetown Players and written by Eugene O’Neill, is a play that displays O’Neills concern for the oppressed industrial working class.