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The Influence of Eugene O’Neill’s Tragedies on Cao Yu’s Playwritings

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DOI: 10.38007/Proceedings.0001168


Guoping An

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Guoping An


Eugene O’Neill and CaoYu are both viewed as the most prominent dramatists in American and Chinese modern drama history. This paper tries to analyze the influence of Eugene O’Neill’s tragedies on Cao Yu’s Playwritings from two aspects: the connotation of tragedy and the technique of tragedy creation, including characterization, the construction of plot, and the application of expressionism. In this way, how Cao Yu accepted, imitated and developed O’Neill’s playwritings can be found easily.


Eugene O’Neill; Caoyu; Tragedy; Influence