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Eugene ONeills Before Breakfast portrays the tale of a couple entangled in a lengthy struggle, destined to end in tragedy.

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Sam Chuks 4/12/12 ENG102 Topic 1 A Shell of a Marriage Many times people take for granted the objects in their lives and how they affect them. Sometimes, taking life for granted and not working hard in life can lead to a life of depression and sadness. Eugene O'Neill's Before Breakfast portrays the tale of a couple entangled in a lengthy struggle, destined to end in tragedy. This drama shows that aspirations and dreams are dashed by hardships and cold reality. The short and gloomy play revolves around the broken relationship of Alfred and Mrs. Rowland, narrating a tale of disappointment, anger, and despair. Alfred and Mrs. Rowland's marriage is falling apart. Alfred is hung-over from drinking the night before and Mrs. ...read more.


Rowland, but little does she realize that Alfred is also mentally suffering from their turmoil. Mrs. Rowland's anger is fueled by Alfred's actions and his demeanor towards their relationship. Alfred is unable to sell any of his writings and spends any money he has on alcohol to drink his misery away. He's lazy and does not put any effort towards his marriage with Mrs. Rowland. His depression contributes to a self destructive lifestyle, dragging his wife along with him. He even begins seeing a woman named Helen which even angers Mrs. Rowland even more when she reads the letter: "She opens the letter and reads it. At first her expression is one of hatred and rage, but as she goes on to the end it changes to one of triumphant malignity." ...read more.


For their marriage and lives to be successful and happy both partners have to put all their effort towards making things work. Alfred did not and instead chose to bury himself in depression and alcohol in attempts to cope with his life as it is. Eugene O'Neill's Before Breakfast can be a lesson for people to never take life for granted. Things may change in life that people may not like, but succumbing to depression and accepting it is not always the right way to go. Alfred and Mrs. Rowland's life is not as enjoyable as it could have been. The spiraling depression Alfred has allowed himself to enter is affecting both their lives and moods. Their marriage is failing and abruptly ends with Alfred sudden decision to remove himself from the depressing life he lives. ...read more.

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