Desire Under the Elms

Discuss the "theme of primal desire" in Desire Under the Elms.

Theme of primal desire in this play.

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There are a lot of similarities to Greek Tragedy and the whole Oedipus complex thing. THe basic psycho-sexual drives of people are examined through Ephraim Cabot, his son Eben, Abby Putnam (Ephraim’s new wife). Eben and Abby both reflect this "primal desire" through acts worthy of a Greek Tragedy. O'Niell examines these acts through a very Freudian lens which highlights primal drives as the main motivations for humans.

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