Analysis of the Rising of the Moon

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An Analysis of Lady Gregory’s The Rising of the Moon:
The Effects of Music and Dialogue on Character Development to Support Theme of Everything is Not Always as it Seems.

A well-written play combines many elements such as dialogue, music and setting, which all add to the character and plot to present a stronger message that lies within a play. The elements of drama are very powerful tools that allow for a story to be told that holds within it an underlying message to the audience, which are available to playwrights. These tools help to more intricately develop a plot or a character within a particular play. Minor and major drama elements work together to develop an overall theme, or underlying message, for a play. Lady Gregory uses
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The ragged man is quick witted and likes to talk in circles as a method of distraction for the intelligent sophisticated sergeant. When asked by the sergeant, who are you, he responded with, “You’d be wise as myself if I told you, but I don’t mind. I’m one Jimmy Walsh, a ballad singer,” (Gregory 26). This is just one example of him never giving a straight answer to the questioner but guiding the conversation with the sergeant away from him with every word chosen so carefully. The audience has a inkling that the ragged man is in fact the criminal the sergeant is looking to find, and many of the remarks made by him support that notion, but it is never enough to reveal to the sergeant that it is he that is being searched for. “And I know well the man you’re waiting for – I know him well—I’ll be going,” (Gregory 27). Throughout the play the ragged man alludes to the man the sergeant is waiting for, and talks directly about him. He comments on his character, while he tries to convince the sergeant he should be afraid of him. “I saw him in my own place, in the Country Clare. I tell you, you wouldn’t like to be looking at him. There isn’t a weapon he doesn’t know the use of, and as to strength, his muscles are as hard as that board,” (Gregory 27). The ragged man continuously talks to the sergeant and is revealing his true self little by little throughout the play. He does not give…