The Importance Of Stage Direction Essay

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Imagine paying $95 dollars to see a play and when the curtain rises, all you see is four people standing in a line. Then they start to recite lines without any emotion. Unless you like hearing people talk in monotone, this play would be a complete waste of $95. Stage direction makes a play. It is what makes a play interesting. In the play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neil, stage direction is essential to the lay. The one stage direction that can explain the whole play appears in act two, scene one. It states, “He measures two drinks of water and pours them in the whiskey bottle and shakes it up”(56).

         This stage direction contains evidence of both deception and drinking. These two factors are major themes of the play. Here Jamie tries to deceive his parents into thinking that no one took a drink when in fact both Edmond and Jamie had one. This is why Jamie measures tow drinks worth of water and mixes it with the whiskey. Both Edmond and Mary try and deceive their family into believing that their sicknesses are non-existent or barely there. Drinking is a main factor in the play. During the bulk of the play, at least one of the characters has a drink is his/her hand or is under the influence of alcohol. This is the reason for Jamie’s problems and is the reason why he has not succeeded in life.

        Edmond has a severe case of tuberculosis. His illness is so severe that he might have to be put in a sanatorium. Even though he knows this, he doesn’t want his family to worry about him so he tells them, “That’s foolishness. You know it’s only a bad cold”(49). He feels that his family is going through...

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