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The Hairy Ape

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LONG--[As disgusted as he dares to be.] Ain't that why I brought yer up 'ere--to show yer? Yer been lookin' at this 'ere 'ole affair wrong. Yer been actin' an' talkin' 's if it was all a bleedin' personal matter between yer and that bloody cow. I wants to convince yer she was on'y a representative of 'er clarss. I wants to awaken yer bloody clarss consciousness. Then yer'l...more
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Published 2006 by Hard Press (first published 1922)
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Jessica Barkl
I know, I know, another play for my Representative Plays class, and not your typical O'Neill, but, gosh darn it! It's good. Especially for prisoners. They really empathized with the lead character and had images and understandings of him that I would never have come up with in my own female/on-the-outside perspective. A great example of expressionism and O'Neill's unique way of interspersing techniques and theater forms that is truly pluralistic and thus American.
Pawson Ed
Hairy-Ape is a terrific drama narrating a story of a defiant Yank whose hubris and bellicose attitude constitute a thin end of the wedge and consequent demise. The story is simultaneously historic and universal since the protagonist stands in my opinion for every-man with one's existential dilemmas and foibles. The tragedy of a soul that struggles to be self-reliant and defiant to one and all and who cannot deal with life's surprises because of terrible misapprehensions speaks to me in many ways...more
Maríamandarina
Voy a escribir la reseñilla en español siendo consciente de que nadie que busque este libro buscará una reseña en español, la escribo para mí pues.

La historia en sí no es de una acción trepidante, pero me parecía más interesante al principio, y se me ha alargado mucho más de la cuenta al final. Creo que parte de la culpa la ha tenido los párrafos de intervenciones, sobre todo de Yank, INTERMINABLES, y la forma en la que está escrito, donde el autor decide comerse las letras, o cambiarlas, no sé...more
Jeff
It is easy to be dismissive of this play as just "early O'Neill" or as simple-minded socialist allegory, but I think that that is to miss the point. What O'Neill manages to achieve here, in an admittedly-ham-fisted way at times, is to inquire into the role of the more bestial side of man in an increasingly sterile and technological world and at what cost do we squelch that part of ourselves.
Lydia
Finally, an O'Neill play I can get on board with. The Hairy Ape is a commentary on class in America and brutally points out how divided we are as a nation. Unfortunately, a lot of what O'Neill was saying pre-Depression still holds true. His use of expressionism heightens the drama without hitting the audience over the head.
Sandy
"I'm an animal!!!!!"

A lowly engine worker falls for a rich debutant. And is then violently reminded of his place in the societal structure.
John
One of my favorite plays of all time. I love the way O'Neill writes.
Jake
Despite loving every Eugene O’Neill play I’ve ever read or seen on film, I have never seen any of his plays live. And though The Iceman Cometh is my favorite O’Neill play, The Hairy Ape is the work I most want to see done by a cast of professional actors. First off, as with Moby Dick and The Godfather , on one level this is a man’s man story. And I like that. Of course, the themes have broader applicability. Everyone can get something out of this tale of industrial strife and social stratifica...more
Samantha Liguori
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Ben Hallman
Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape works on multiple levels, making strong statements on class welfare and warfare, wanton commercialism, and man's basic need to simply belong. There's plenty of food for thought; symbolism abounds, and O'Neill's modernistic stage directions add an extra dimension of subversive weirdness to the goings-on. But (and I do feel quite odd criticizing a freaking Nobel Prize-winner) I feel this play loses its value as dramatic entertainment amidst its messages and depth. Th...more
علی
میمون پشمالو 1922 یک نمایش نامه ی اکسپرسیونیستی ست، درباره ی کارگری خشن به نام یانک که به دنبال یافتن علتی برای وجود ثروتمندان است. یانک که آتشکار یک کشتی اقیانوس پیماست، از این که می تواند کشتی به این عظمت را بحرکت وادارد، از اعتماد به نفس بالایی برخوردار است. اما وقتی دختر لاغروی یک تاجر ثروتمند فولاد (میلدرد داگلاس)، او را "حرامزاده ی کثیف" می خواند، یانک دچار بحران هویت می شود. کشتی را ترک می کند و در منهاتن نیویورک سرگردان می شود. او دیگر نه یک کارگر است، و نه به ساکنین خیابان پنجم (ثروتمند...more
Aya
I wouldn't have read this remarkable play if I hadn't decided to take the "Modern American Literature" class in university. I am quite thankful.
Sh.a.b
I think Yank is more human than many people I met in my life.

To be as frustrated as he was because some random girl "looked" at him as if he was an ape, says how sensitive he is. He is maybe more sensitive than that so called angle-like girl who looked at him with despise although he's doing her own dirty work to keep her able to wear those white dresses she bragged about having plenty of them.

I'm grateful my Modern drama Prof. decided to include it this term :)
Ann
The Hairy Ape
I enjoyed this one though the symbolism was rather overt I suppose that was the point. O'Neill displays his penchant for charming characterization of the ladies here, describing Mildred, the daughter of a steel baron "...looking as if the vitality of her stock had been sapped before she was conceived, so that she is the expression not of its life energy but merely of the artificialities that energy had won for itself in the spending."
E.N. Weir
I had to read this for my Theater class. I didn't really like it, the only reason I gave it three stars was because I recognize that it is a "good" play, and I was listening to the soundtrack of Mamma Mia while I read it which can make anything enjoyable. I wish that the girl had shown up again, but she didn't. The whole play is basically about cages and how you make your own reality.

Important Life Lesson: Never hug a gorilla...
rawan alghofaily
قرأتها كمنهج دراسي
القصة تحكي عن يانك, ينتمي للطبقة الفقيرة, يعتبر نفسه شخصية الجميع يحتاجه ويستفيد من شغله.
تصير أحداث بحيث يانك ينتقل في كل فصل من مكان لآخر ليبحث عن هويته.
النهاية جدًا بايخة, بس بنفس الوقت تعطينا فكرة عن كيف يانك يثير الشفقة.

البداية شيقة, لولا اللغة المستخدمة جدًا صعب التركيز فيها لكونها مكتوبة باللهجة العامية.

Chamois
A goldmine for analysis regarding the social problems of the early 20th century in America. ...Exploitation and inhumane working conditions of the industrial working class ...Frivolity and apathy of the upper class

Ciara
I found this play quite easy to read and understand as the message was clear in the play. But I kinda found it boring but I think it would be interesting to see it live rather than reading it from a book
Bryce Emley
a pretty delightful social commentary. it's very blatant and the story only really exists to illustrate the metaphor. thus it's a bit absurd in the silly, don quixote sense. quick read.
Hasti Jozani
The hairy ape, displays the contrast between the rich and poor, the literate and illiterate, from a neutral point of view, and in a very touching way.
Natalie
One of my favorite plays! Think you're not like Yank? Look beyond the coal dust, and you'll see a man who wants what we all want: to belong.
Steffi
I don't care that this is one of the most important plays in the history of the American drama. It is a terrible read.
Kate
May 28, 2008 Kate rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kate by: Read for Classics of American Literature II.
Shelves: 2005, classics
The symbolism in this play was too obvious for me.
Julie Salyards
My favorite O'Neil work.
Jessica
Expressionismus... naja...
Sansrajtv
i didnt read
Peni Desiana
Bahan kuliah drama.
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