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The Idea of American materialsm and taoism through the study of the main characters in Eugene O'Neill's marco millions


This study is about the idea of American Materialism and Taoism in
Eugene O'Neill's Marco Millions which are discussed through the literary
approach of characterization. The Writer thinks that the topic is very factual
nowadays as man's vision of life turns to be materialistic in which people tend to
neglect the spiritual and moral values and put much stresses on the physical
achievement as a measuring rod to judge one's personal worth. O'Neill writes
Marco Millions to satirize the American Materialism as well as to convey his
eagerness toward the spiritual world of Taoism.The Idea of American
Materialism pays attention to the fulfilment of self comfort and worldly
satisfaction which is in contrast with the Taoism that emphasizes on the
immortality : spiritual awareness and wisdom. Marco Polo who represents the
character of American Materialism finally becomes spiritually impotent and
insensitive because of his fleshy and superficial attitude of only pursuing for the
satisfaction of worldly needs, whereas Kublai Kaan who represents the character
of Taoism becomes spiritually mature as he accepts the destiny and surrenders to
the Omnipotent. In conclusion, there is no improvement in the qualities of Marco
who sinks into the shallowness of worldly satisfaction while Kublai Kaan finally
finds the enlightenment about the secret of life.
Author
• (11488017) TIRTA MUTIARA SARI


Contributor
• (88-010) Theophilus Jokoriyanto
• (86-012) Jenny Mochtar Djundjung
Publisher
Universitas Kristen Petra
Year : 1997
Subject
1. O'NEILL, EUGENE, 1888-1953. MARCO MILLIONS-STUDY AND TEACHING
2. AMERICAN DRAMA-20TH CENTURY-STUDY AND TEACHING
Keyword
american materialsm, spiritual world of taoism, spiritual, moral values, spiritual awareness
Category
s1 - Skripsi/Undergraduate Thesis (Jurusan Sastra Inggris S-1)
Language
English
Rights
Undergraduate Thesis No. 584/SING/1997; Tirta Mutiara Sari (11488017)
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