Irish Immigrant Rebellion in O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape and Miller’s A Memory of Two Mondays

  • Joshua E. Polster
Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)


This paper compares Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape and Arthur Miller’s A Memory of Two Monday to study how the playwrights similarly used Irish immigrant characters in industrial settings as powerful vehicles of reflection and rebellion, and how these similarities relate to their own immigrant family histories.


Arthur Miller Eugene O’Neill The Hairy Ape A Memory of Two Mondays Immigrant experience Irish in America Capitalism Critiques Family heritage Fathers and sons Factory workers Xenophobia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua E. Polster
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  1. 1.Emerson CollegeBostonUSA

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