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The Iceman cometh: The impact of social stereotypes on the self-concept and self-esteem of Elderly Americans
Hapsari, Dyah Eko
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Humanitas vol. 2 no. 1 (Nov. 2006)
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Eugene O'NeilI's The Iceman Cometh, portrays a group of homeless, hope-forsaken outcasts in their late fifties or early sixties and being retired from various jobs. They, in Harry Hope's saloon delineate their life burdens, forlorn hopes, and pessimistic point of view toward their graying times. Tremaine McDowell's theory which is cracking the walling in academic disciplines, and proposing the reconciliation of the tenses, the reconciliation the third long-range goal, namely, a reconciliation of region, nation, and world offers a multi-faceted problem on American geriatrics. The American elderly in sociological perspectives offers a mirror for the shifting attitudes of the given society which falls to stereotyping the community of elderly in negative ways. Low self-esteem and self-concept are the prominent psychological consequences for being badly labeled by the society. Therefore, all the characters in the play never propose any changes for the betterment of their life in all aspects. In general sense of humanity, ideal values is in debate since liquor becomes the only outlet of survival.
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