The Moon of The Caribbees: by Eugene O'Neill - Summary

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      The Moon of The Caribbees is a play of photographic dramatization of the seamen’s lives. It relies mainly on mood. It is O’Neill’s eulogy to the sea. A powerful note of contrast is suggestively presented between the sad Negro of the distant land and the merry chorus of the seamen. The carousel and rape and dance reach their climax in a fight and end in a fireman’s death.

Long Voyage Home

      In this play, Olson, the Swede, has been planning his long voyage home for a long time. But every time he gets his pay, he spends all the money in consuming wine. But this time also he takes a soft drink that has been drugged by the proprietor of the bar. He falls down on the ground, is robbed of all his money and thrown into another ship about to start on a two years’ voyage. He meets a fate worse than that of his drunken companions. And now conscious evil, in the person of “Fat Joe”, the proprietor of a low dive on the London waterfront, does him in.

      In this play, irony and cynicism are implied in the very heading of the play.

In The Zone

      The play dramatizes the dreams of a sentimental seaman. It was during the fear-ridden night of the First World War period Smitty was suspected by his shipmates to be a German spy. In the hope of finding explosives, his box is opened. Ironically nothing is discovered except a bunch of love letters, a few dry leaves of an old romance preserved by a forsaken lover. From one of them falls a dried flower - a final sentimental touch that made the whole play a theatrical grand success.

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