The Three Elements in the Poem Riders to the Sea
ENG125: Introduction to Literature (ADI1428G)
Instructor: Katrina Smith
August 4, 2014
The poem Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge is a story about a grieving mother and wife who fears the loss of her youngest son to the sea. The elements through the story is about Maurya who has lost hope and fears the worst for her son (Clugston, 2010). ...view middle of the document...
It is clear that Cathleen knew her mother’s mental state and saw it best to hide the clothes in the loft to avoid further anguish to Maurya. This was information that the reader was privy to. It was assumed that Michael was dead based on this bit of information and Maurya was left unaware for her own well-being.
The Foreshadowing occurs throughout this story and leads towards the death of her son Michael and the pending death of Bartley. There is one example in this story is when
“Maurya arranges to purchase the white boards that Foreshadowing was evident throughout the story. Maurya forecasts her son Bartley’s death when she says “It's a hard thing they'll be saying below if the body is washed up and there's no man in it to make the coffin, and I after giving a big price for the finest white boards you'd find in Connemara” (Clugston, 2010, section 13.3 lines 64-66). In this point the story Bartley is trying to take the horses to the... can be used for Michael’s coffin” (Clugston, 2010).
“The other element in the story which Synge introduces into the play is equally true. Many tales of "second sight" are to be heard among Celtic races. In fact, they are so common as to arouse little or no wonder in the minds of the people. It is just such a tale, which there seems no valid reason for doubting, that Synge heard, and that gave the title, "Riders to the Sea", to his play.
She is well aware of her loss and that he will not return to her either. “(J. M. Synge)
“Its characters live and die. It is their virtue in life to be lonely, and none but the lonely man in tragedy may be great. He dies, and then it is the virtue in life of the women mothers and wives and sisters to be great in their loneliness, great as Maurya, the stricken mother, is...