Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




An extensive portion or the drama or Eugene O'Neill is autobiographical. His plays reflect the various relationships he had with men and women during his lifetime. This paper intends to study the women in O'Neill's life and to depict these womens' parallels in his plays. The paper will also examine the fictional women in O'Neill's plays, who, although they are not directly analogous to women in the playwright's life, do represent O'Neill's attitude toward women. This attitude was shaped by O'Neill's real life relationships. Therefore, it will be this paper's intent to examine Eugene O'Neill's attitude toward women and its influence in his plays. Before studying the women in O'Neill's plays it will first be necessary to describe the real life women in the playwright's life and the impact these relationships had upon his plays.