Literary Elements-Riders of the Sea Essay

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Interesting Literary Elements in the Riders of the Sea Introduction to Literature 125 October 8, 2011 Interesting Literary Elements in the Riders of the Sea There are several different literary elements that are available to assist in analyzing literature. In J. M. Synge’s (1903) tragic drama Riders of the Sea there are several interesting literary elements throughout. The scene is set in a cottage in an island off western Ireland, where an older woman, Maurya, and her daughters are mourning the anticipated news of her son’s death. The author’s use of literary elements in this tragedy allows him to paint the picture of sorrow, mourning, and the emotional capacity of human’s through dramatic irony, foreshadowing, and dialogue.…show more content…
Maurya was begging Bartley not to go because she needs him home to take care of Michaels final resting. Another foreshadowing example is when Maurya says to Cathleen “He's gone now, God spare us, and we'll not see him again. He's gone now, and when the black night is falling I'll have no son left me in the world” (as cited in Clugston, 2010, section 13.3 lines 100-101). Maurya insists that if Bartley leaves for Galway, that he will not return. Maurya is basing her feelings off the loss she has already experienced. Bartley is her last of six sons that are alive; the rest, to include her husband, have died. The author uses dialogue to authenticate the location and time period of the play. The way the characters spoke in Riders of the Sea is a different dialect than what we have been exposed to in the course readings. For example Nora says “We're to find out if it's Michael's they are, some time herself will be down looking by the sea” (as cited in Clugston, 2010, section 13.3 lines 8-9). The structure of the sentences throughout is different then what is considered correct grammar. In conclusion, Riders of the Sea was a tragic account of an old woman’s loss and the final interaction with her only living son. She was trying to stop, what ended up being, the inevitable and was forced to deal with the death of all six of her sons to the Sea. The author was effective in using dramatic irony, foreshadowing, and dialogue to deliver such a

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