Riders to the Sea is about an old lady Maurya and her daughters. Maurya has lost her sons to the sea and is terrified her son Michael has just washed up on shore. Maurya has been worried during the story and at the beginning the daughters are talking about her and say "She's lying down, God help her, and may be sleeping, if she's able.”(Synge, 1903). Her son Bartley comes in during the story and she does her best to talk him out of sailing to sell some horses. She tells him, “It's hard set we'll be surely the day you're drownd'd with the rest. What way will I live and the girls with me, and I an old woman looking for the grave?”(Synge, 1903). At the end of the story the men bring her the corpse of Bartley he fell in the sea and drowned. She lost all of her sons to the sea and she states they must accept that “No man at all can be living for ever, and we must be satisfied.” (Synge, 1903). The story is very emotional and talks about how cruel the sea and life can be. The story is meant to be relatable and for the audience to feel the pain and understand the characters feelings at losing her children.
Drama use stage directions in order to show the characters the actions they are meant to be performing during their lines. An example of a stage direction is They crouch down in front of the old woman at the fire.
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