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Tragedy and Satire of Irish Life as Depicted by J.M. Syng

Summary: "Riders to The Sea" and "The Playboy of the Western World" represent opposite poles of the work of Irish playwright J.M. Syng. "Riders to the Sea," a play depicting the struggles of those who work with and on the sea, displays Syng's patriotism toward his home country. On the other hand, "The Playboy of the Western World" is a harsh, often brutal satire of Irish patriarchal society and Irish manhood.
Riders to The Sea and The Playboy of the Western World in a way are two opposite poles of Syng's literary work, as the first one represents him as a great patriot and the other as a cruel realistic satirist of the very nation he himself originates from.

Riders to the Sea is a short poetic play that depicts the perennial failure of those who work with and on the sea. The play is a mere moment in the lives of few characters, but it holds within it the meaning of what they and the millions like them have done and suffered. The play reflects reality in which people have to struggle for a living, but unlike most of his work this play is not concerned with social, political or nationalistic issues, it cuts behind the surface engaging...

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