Riders to the Sea is a drama written by Irish dramatist John Millington Synge. It was foremost performed on February 25. 1904 at the Molesworth Hall. Dublin by the Irish National Theater Society. A one-act calamity. the drama is set in the Aran Islands. and like all of Synge’s plays it is noted for capturing the poetic duologue of rural Ireland. The really simple secret plan is based non on the traditional struggle of human volitions but on the hopeless battle of a people against the impersonal but grim inhuman treatment of the sea. Contentss
1 Important characters
2 Plot outline
3 Other versions
3. 1 Film
3. 2 Opera
3. 3 Dance
4 Gallic version
6 External links
Merely four characters are named: Maurya. an aged Irishwoman. her girls Cathleen and Nora. and her boy Bartley. Besides mentioned are Maurya’s asleep boies Shawn. Sheamus. Stephen. Patch. and Michael. The immature priest is besides of import to present contentions about Maurya’s boies. e. g. whether the apparels are from Michael’s organic structure. whether the immature priest Lashkar-e-Taiba Bartley travel to sell his Equus caballus. etc. ) . Plot outline
Maurya has lost her hubby. father-in-law. and five boies to the sea. As the drama begins Nora and Cathleen receive word that a organic structure that may be their brother Michael has washed up on shore in Donegal. far to the North. Bartley is be aftering to sail to Connemara to sell a Equus caballus. and ignores Maurya’s supplication to remain. As he leaves. he leaves gracefully. Maurya predicts that by nightfall she will hold no life boies. and her girls chide her for directing Bartley off with an ailment word. Maurya goes after Bartley to bless his ocean trip. and Nora and Cathleen receive vesture from the drowned cadaver that confirms it as their brother. Maurya returns place claiming to hold seen the shade of Michael siting behind Bartley and begins keening the loss of the work forces in her household to the sea. after which some villagers bring in the cadaver of Bartley. who has fallen off his Equus caballus into the sea and drowned.
Maurya’s address in the concluding scene is celebrated in Irish play: ( raising her caput and speech production as if she did non see the people around her ) They’re all gone now. and there isn’t anything more the sea can make to me… . I’ll have no call now to be up shouting and praying when the air current interruption from the South. and you can hear the breaker is in the E. and the breaker is in the West. doing a great splash with the two noises. and they hitting one on the other. I’ll have no call now to be traveling down and acquiring Holy Water in the dark darks after Samhain. and I won’t care what manner the sea is when the other adult females will be lamenting. ‘ ( To Nora ) ’ Give me the Holy Water. Nora ; there’s a little swallow still on the chest of drawers.