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date: 22 October 2019

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In “Eugene O’Neill’s Quest for Greek Tragedy,” Vassilis Lambropoulos considers the importance of an often overlooked play in O’Neill’s canon, The Great God Brown. As with Euripides’ Bacchae, Dionysus is the hero of the drama, yet the play is not modeled on Euripides, but rather ‘presupposes’ the ancient Greek tragedy. Lambropoulos argues that the Nietzschean-inspired imprint on the play not only provides a key to its treatment of Dionysus (Dion) as hero, but also to its use of doubling through the convention of the mask, which, he maintains, is at the heart of O’Neill’s conception of the tragic. For O’Neill however, the suffering of Dionysus is not the individuation of the will, as Nietzsche had argued, but the duality of identity.

Keywords: The Great God Brown, Friedrich Nietzsche, Dionysus, Euripides' Bacchae, mask, doubling, individuation

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