Compare & Contrast The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge

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Beginning of the 1900s: In the latter part of the nineteenth century, realism becomes the dominant literary movement in the Western world. In the last decade of the century, symbolism and naturalism emerge as important new movements.

Today: Musicals like The Producers and reality-based plays like Proof dominate Broadway.

Beginning of the 1900s: In 1905, Arthur Griffith founded Sinn Fein among Irish Catholics to help establish home rule in Ireland. Demonstrations, especially in Northern Ireland, often turned violent as England fought to retain control over her colony.

Today: The troubles in Ireland have calmed but have not been resolved. Northern Ireland is still under British rule and as a result, violent skirmishes between the Nationalists and those loyal to England still occur.

Beginning of the 1900s: Samuel Clemens dubbed this era "The Guilded Age," due in large part to the industrialization of the West. During this period, a...

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