Representation of Trauma in The Emperor Jones

Wenqian ZHANG


This paper attempts to examine the trauma theme and dig out the underlying causes of the traumatized character in The Emperor Jones in the light of social and historical dimensions. The study investigates the symptoms of trauma manifested by the Afro-American who struggles to resist oppression while denying his identity and parodying his exploiter which ultimately pave way for his own doom as an outcast of both the black and the white community. 


Trauma; The Emperor Jones; Eugene O’Neill; African-American

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