Riders to the Sea Symbols & Objects

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Spinning Wheel

A spinning wheel is a device used to spin flax and wool into thread. Used in this story by the eldest daughter Cathleen, it is symbolic of the time period this play is set in and reflects the difficulties of the life this family lived.

String

String is used to secure the parcel of clothing sent for identification to the family, and is so perished with salt water that the knot is black and the package must be cut open.

The perished string is symbolic of the lives lost to the sea.

Flannel

Flannel is the kind of material used to make clothing, and is the material used in the shirt that was recovered for identification by the family.

The material is symbolic of the cold climate that is frequent on the island.

White Boards

White boards are used in this story for the construction...

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