The Alchemist (Jonson)

What is the relevance of the Playboy in present times?

jm synge's playboy of the western world

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Synge has beautifully captured many themes in his play "Playboy"; themes which can be very well related to the present times. Elements like affirmation, despair, romance, comedy and irony are still to be seen in todays life.

In todays age of technological advacement and nuclear families, we can still find people facing issues due to the tyranny of older generation. This is very common in closed cultural societies like that of India, where people still believe in traditional concepts of large families. Having stated this, it does not mean that in modern face of cultures people have stopped respecting elders, but the tyrannical element is still existing.

Also, todays man struggles from the issue of reality versus fantasy as portrayed by Synge in his play. The protagonist of the play Christy grows mature and realises his own reality and new-self theough his fantasy and false story. His false stroy and crowd's faith in him eventually contribute to the growth of confidence in him. He himself acknowledges at the end of the play that the Mayo crowd has made a " mighty man of him by the power of alie".