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The Iceman Cometh

Eugene O'Neill

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Study Questions and Essay Topics

Suggestions for Further Reading

What song does Cora play at Harry's party?

Which German poet does Larry quote in Act I?

How did Captain Lewis come to disgrace?

Where did Willie go to school?

Who is Mosher's sister?

What is the name of Jimmy's ex-wife?

Where did the sailor whom Cora rolled want to go?

The title of O'Neill's play parodies a line from Matthew 25:6: "But at midnight there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh." Who is the "bridegroom"?

What office was Hope going to campaign for when Bess died?

Larry describes Hope's birthday party as…

How old is Harry?

What did Willie's father produce?

What does Larry dub the saloon?

Why has Parritt's mother been arrested?

What ostensibly almost kills Harry in the street?

Where is it cool in Hugo's Babylon?

When did O'Neill write The Iceman Cometh?

Where do Margie and Pearl flee after their fight with Rocky?

How did Hickey get to the bar?

Who tells the story of the snake oil doctor?

Who carries a gun on them?

What is in Hickey's boxes?

O'Neill was the first American to win what prize?

What beverage does Cora demand on her wedding day?

What is Jimmy Tomorrow's real name?

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Alcohol personified

by jmjohnso, January 11, 2015

Alcohol Personified
Hickey is the personification of alcohol in The Iceman Cometh. If you are not well-versed in the traits of the disease of alcoholism, you will miss this plot device. It takes Hickey a long time to arrive (not until the 2nd Act), because the barflys are dying for a drink, and they are all too broke to afford to buy booze themselves, so the wait seems interminable. When Hickey arrives, he is fresh and clean, and full of promise of a better future. He promises freedom from failure and a complete change of mind so that ... Read more

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