Message and Values in Riders to the Sea by J.M Synge Essay

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We have seen in the series a musical, a fantasy and a comedy. Something peculiar in scene and tone and more realistic is effective in being the last play in the series. J. M. Synge’s Riders to the Sea is the finest example of one-act play. With limited characters, pointed place, unified action, simple plot, colloquial language and universal tune Synge achieves remarkable success. The play is worth producing and watching because of its artistic values and a strong message that it brings: poverty and destruction of nature cannot conquer the dignity of the people.
Riders to the Sea by J.M Synge is a tragic play regarding the sacrifice one family has made over their years on an island West of Ireland. When Synge wrote Riders to the Sea in 1904
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We have seen in the series a musical, a fantasy and a comedy. Something peculiar in scene and tone and more realistic is effective in being the last play in the series. J. M. Synge’s Riders to the Sea is the finest example of one-act play. With limited characters, pointed place, unified action, simple plot, colloquial language and universal tune Synge achieves remarkable success. The play is worth producing and watching because of its artistic values and a strong message that it brings: poverty and destruction of nature cannot conquer the dignity of the people.
Riders to the Sea by J.M Synge is a tragic play regarding the sacrifice one family has made over their years on an island West of Ireland. When Synge wrote Riders to the Sea in 1904 he had been traveling between the Aran Islands and Ireland in order to develop his writing skills and find his “writing voice” (Merriman online). During this time he immersed himself into the culture, learning Gaelic, living with the fisherman’s families and absorbing the island’s history. Historically this play represents the tragedy of living upon the Aran Islands and how a family copes with it in their everyday life.
Riders to the Sea portrays a commonly poor Irish peasant family. Though set in contemporary Ireland, the play provides a view into the life of the people in ancient times. The life of the Aran community is archaic: untouched by modern life. A subsistence life: tiny cottage, no windows. They make their own clothes from their
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