Cinema: A Serpent That Eats Its Tail

Long Day's Journey into Night. Life is depicted by primitives as a serpent that eats its own tail. The serpent signifies a state of being in which pleasure and pain, life and death, eating and being eaten are the same thing. To a primitive, this state is paradise. To a conscious man. it is madness. To Eugene O'Neill, it was home. And this home, the family that nourished and devoured him, that cosseted and tortured him to greatness, the playwright has described with withering hatred and burning pity and heartsick unutterable despair in a...

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