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what is the relevance of the playboy of the western world in present times?

 

rakesh a #239065
Mar 24, 2012 11:58 PM

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what is the relevance of the playboy of the western world in present times?

The relevance of the play in today world

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jill d #170087
Mar 25, 2012 1:48 AM

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Here are a few ideas that might help:

At first glance Playboy seems wholly of its time - set in a bygone rural Ireland under English rule. But in fact its themes of authority and rebellion, self-reinvention and the power of language are timeless.

When Christy boasts of "killing" his father, the locals at the shebeen are thrilled and admiring, not because they are full of bloodthirsty dreams, but because in their drab and oppressed lives, Christy's tale represents an attack on authority; a way of changing the world through a single, decisive act (and also through poetic and narrative power - they never really believe he has killed his father, only through language he can let them believe that he might be wild enough, "gallous" enough to do something like that.) His tales are part of the same pattern in the play as Pegeen's dream of a "yellow gown" or his prowess in the Games - something special, thrilling and potentially liberating. When he "kills" his father again, and this time they witness the violent act, the villagers turn from him in disgust.

In the end, though, Christy has the last laugh - by "daring to dream" that he could destroy authority, he starts a chain of events that lead to his genuinely managing to destroy his father's power over him - I believe that the play's ending asserts the triumph of fantasy, imagination and language over convention and repression. In the end Pegeen and the others are stuck with their old lives, while the father and son go off to start a new one - based on storytelling. Will Martin

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jill d #170087
Mar 25, 2012 1:50 AM

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J.M.Synge "The Playboy of the Western World" is a portrayal of Playboy in the early twentieth century of Ireland. Playboy did not have the meaning it has today, rather it meant hoaxer or tricker. Whereas, today it denotes a pleasure seeking person indulging their lifestyle in all sorts of mal-practices especially having innumerable woman affairs and flirting.

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rakesh a #239065
Mar 25, 2012 1:59 AM

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" The playboy of the western world" The playboy of the western world is presented as a microcosm of the world itself. It may have taken place in the Aran Islands but it still can be linked to societies in different parts of the world. His characters, most importantly his protagonist represents the universal youth in search of his identity and how he finally finds his place in the society as he realizes his full potential among other more complex themes in the play. The Playboy has a two-fold theme, patricide and the transformation of a young man by change in circumstances and environment. The story deals with how the Mayo people make a hero of a Youngman who just committed patricide. The glorification of a murderer by the people of Mayo seem quite for fetched but Synge here decribes a real character by telling us in his book ‘The Aran Islands’ of an actual case of this kind whereby the people of Aran Island gave shelter and helped a murderer who had killed his father. Hence already it is a play whose foundation lies in being real and so relevant

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nicholas daley b #344467
Nov 06, 2013 1:31 PM

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The playboy of the western world" The playboy of the western world is presented as a microcosm of the world itself. It may have taken place in the Aran Islands but it still can be linked to societies in different parts of the world. His characters, most importantly his protagonist represents the universal youth in search of his identity and how he finally finds his place in the society as he realizes his full potential among other more complex themes in the play. The Playboy has a two-fold theme, patricide and the transformation of a young man by change in circumstances and environment. The story deals with how the Mayo people make a hero of a Youngman who just committed patricide. The glorification of a murderer by the people of Mayo seem quite for fetched but Synge here decribes a real character by telling us in his book ‘The Aran Islands’ of an actual case of this kind whereby the people of Aran Island gave shelter and helped a murderer who had killed his father. Hence already it is a play whose foundation lies in being real and so relevant

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