Dept. of English
Methodist College of Engineering & Technology
Eugene O’Neill continues his dramatization of the American identity in his works. In Anna Christie, he presented an important type of the American identity, the irresponsible, careless, lost, disintegrated and doomed to suffer character. O’Neill is still engaged with the sea plays but this time the journey is from the sea to the land not the opposite. In 1922 O’Neill presents his play The Hairy Ape. In this play O’Neill exposes and important problem that was common in the world in general and in the American society in particular. It discusses the alienation of the American individual in the modern technological age and the lost identity of that individual. O’Neill in this play shows the lost identity of the modern American man and his futile attempts in regaining it. The Hairy Ape is a one character play which shows the reality and the bad conditions of the American society.
Key words: American identity, social outcaste, reality of working class, modern American man