College of Languages
An essay about:
The sources of difficulty in understanding “The Hairy Ape”
Instructor: Dr. Tara Dabbagh
Written by: Brwa, Eman, Hawnaz, Mariam, Mazin
Expressionism was one of the movements that appeared in the early 20th century. It is soon applied to drama. Among the playwrights who wrote expressionistic plays is Eugene O’Neil. His play “the hairy ape” considered as an expressionistic play. Though this kind of drama is new, we face difficulties in understanding it. So this essay is shedding light on some of these difficulties which students face that are the language, plot, the historical background, religious conflict with our religion, and the new techniques in expressionism dramas.
One of the difficulties that many non-native speakers face while reading O’Neil’s play is language difficulty. Concerning the language of his play “the hairy ape” we find difficulty specially because he uses a form of writing in terms of spoken in a distorted way to suit the purpose of his play.
First, using an abbreviated style that is using short phrases. This raise problems in grasping the idea behind the speeches easily. We need to pay a great attention to it to get the idea and that is a disturbing quality of language. Second, the syntax of the language is compressed that is no word order in most of the sentences. This may lead to misunderstanding of the meaning of the lines. Third, because the writer uses a language in form of spoken that is the language of daily life. So he uses short terms of words in which the spelling of them is very difficult specially in the language of Yank. This make us face difficulties in understanding the speeches for example something is written as somep’n, with as wit or wid, work as woik, girl as goil. [Written by EMAN]
Plot in expressionism might have three difficulties to understand. These are episode,... [continues]
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