2020 年 37 巻 p. 1-19
Among Eugene O’Neill’s dramatic works, there is no other play like Ah, Wilderness! which can be regarded as a domestic comedy receiving a very favorable reception. With respect to this tragedian’s sole comedy, a number of arguments have been put forward among O’Neill scholars. However, little attention has been paid to stylistic analysis on the relation between dialogue and comic effects in the play. Thus, this paper aims to consider Richard’s (the protagonist) personalities and laughable speeches by Sid contributing to the formation of comic effects in the play. Through the stylistic analysis using the linguistic information obtained from the corpus data of the play, this paper deliberates over a pensive but less profound mood in Richard’s speeches functioning as a significant factor in the avoidance of the formation of a tragic atmosphere in the play. Moreover, this paper attempts to shed light on the important factors in Sid’s speeches that are effective in increasing the comic element in the dialogue.