Hughie: Play by Eugene O'Neill - Summary & Analysis

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     It is only a small event that is portrayed in Hughie. Its setting is a third-rate hotel somewhere near Broadway; its action consists of a big-mouthed braggart who gets into a conversation with a night clerk. This clerk is zero, one of those figures whom fate tosses out in masses; between the two, we hear a dialogue that reveals all the loneliness and lack of personal contact in contemporary life. Here we have two persons who have been disqualified, who are not in the running, and who make an effort to find a little glory - the through boasting, the through unspoken fantasies.

      In this nocturnal conversation, a third character (who is no longer alive) is colored up, one who was a also a night clerk, also and insignificant being, one whom the braggart and show-off called his best friend.

Critical Analysis

      The play is based on the author’s experience. The plot is relatively unimportant and the action minimal. Hughie achieves a triumph of supernaturalism.

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