Desire Under the Elms
Desire Beneath the Elms is a play by Eugene O'Neill, posted in 1924, and is at this point considered a north american classic. Along with Mourning Becomes Electra, this represents certainly one of O'Neill's tries to place story elements and themes of Greek tragedy in a rural New England setting. It is in context a tribute to the myth of Phaedra, Hippolytus and Theseus. Afilm version was created in 1958, and there is an operatic setting by Edward Thomas. CharactersEphraim Cabot great sons
People from the neighboring farms
The hulking widower Ephraim Cabot abandons his New England farm to his three kids, who hate him although share his greed. Gerade, the youngest and cleverest sibling, seems the farm is his birthright, mainly because it originally belonged to his mother. He buys out his half-brothers' stocks of the farm with money stolen coming from his dad, and Peter and Simeon head off to California to seek their fortune. Later on, Ephraim results with a new better half, the beautiful and headstrong Abbie, who gets into into an adulterous affair with Gerade. Soon after, Abbie bears Eben's child, yet lets Ephraim believe that your child is his, in the hopes of securing her future together with the farm. The proud Ephraim is oblivious as his neighbors freely mock him as a cuckold. Madly in love with Eben and fearful it would become an obstacle with their relationship, Abbie smothers the infant in its holder. An infuriated and distraught Eben turns Abbie to the sheriff, but not before admitting to himself the depths of his take pleasure in for her and thus confessing his own function in the infanticide.