The Playboy of the Western World

The Playboy of the Western World He gave a drive with the scythe and I gave a lep to the east Then I turned around with my back to the north and I hit a blow on the ridge of his skull laid him stretched out and he split to the kn

  • Title: The Playboy of the Western World
  • Author: J.M. Synge
  • ISBN: 9781419177699
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • He gave a drive with the scythe, and I gave a lep to the east Then I turned around with my back to the north, and I hit a blow on the ridge of his skull, laid him stretched out, and he split to the knob of his gullet.

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    1. Edmund John Millington Synge pronounced s was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore He was one of the cofounders of the Abbey Theatre He is best known for the play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots during its opening run at the Abbey theatre Synge wrote many well known plays, including Riders to the Sea , which is often considered to be his strongest literary work Although he came from an Anglo Irish background, Synge s writings are mainly concerned with the world of the Roman Catholic peasants of rural Ireland and with what he saw as the essential paganism of their world view.

    2. How can I help but love Ireland? For example, how can you not love a nation that values both popular theater and “Irish womanhood” so highly that a new comedy—with “scandalous” depictions of Irish women--can cause a riot? And, no, I don’t mean a “laugh riot.” I mean a real honest-to-Jesus in-the-theatre riot that lasted over a week, featuring toy trumpets, penny whistles, rotten vegetables, stink bombs, and the summoning of the Dublin Metropolitan Police.The premise of this once [...]

    3. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World must be an Irish classic. Set in County Mayo during the early 1900s, Synge tells the story of Christy Mahon, traveler escaping psuedo-mysterious past and claiming he killed his father, his Da. I think that in the context of the Irish culture exploration, this is a fundamental element. His hosts become instant admirers for his romanticism, or at least their idea of his romanticism and I think it is here that Synge delivers his message, the longing, lost na [...]

    4. a narcissistic and a possessive father who is enviousof his son growing independence.Mahon's (the father ) conviction is that Christy (the son) is and ALWAYS be a fool, liar and a dribbling idiot who is beaten into submissionhe couldn't believe then that his son could be that likely man or that champion playboyChristy's reaction to this oppression is by killing his father and fleeing after thattill the last scene the father feel the need to controland ask his son to come with him Homeeven after [...]

    5. To say that it is better to see a play than to read it seems obvious. But the hearing of the play, the words, the dialogue, the accents, the intonations, that's what brings the play to life. That's especially true with this play because the distinct language and delivery is really the star of the show. So that's what I recommend if you are interested in this play, you can find a wonderful audio version on YouTube.

    6. I read this play in anticipation of seeing it performed at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon. I do not speak more than a dozen or so words of Portuguese (Obrigada, cafe com leite, vegetariano, etc.), so I needed the head start. Unfortunately, I am not able to comment on the dramaturgical complexities of translating a play from early 20th century Irish dialect to modern Portuguese, but I can tell you that the actors did a fine job and my husband and I enjoyed the production immensely. As [...]

    7. A young man from a far away village appears in Flaherty's tavern claiming that he is on the run because he killed his own father. With the tale growing in the telling, the Christy becomes a local hero, attracting Flaherty's daughter Pegeen's attention…until his father shows up and is very much alive.

    8. I am glad that I both listened and read this play. This full cast recording by L.A. Theatre Works was excellent, but didn't include stage directions or descriptions. It is a radio play rather than an audiobook in that regard. I loved hearing the Irish accented voices but I would have missed a little of the experience if I hadn't had a print copy.

    9. This play caused riots back in the day and its celebration of the benefits of patricide might still raise plenty of eyebrows today. It took me a while to get accustomed to the mix of rural Irish dialect and poetic phrases, but there's a real richness to the language once you're properly immersed. Synge described his play as somewhere between 'comedy, tragedy, and extravaganza' which nicely sums up its constantly shifting emotional tones and dramatic registers, ultimately the work's strongest sui [...]

    10. I enjoyed this one. Thematically, it reminded me of R.K. Narayan's "The Guide." Both have characters in absurd situations that force them to become a person that they do not think they are. I guess, without spoilers, that about sums it up.

    11. I (naively) had no idea this was a play before I read it. It was fun to read its script, although I’m certain watching the play is much more entertaining. The writing threw me off because it was very poetic and it used a lot of Irish phrases I barely understood. After doing some research I now know there was a lot of conflict surrounding the play because of its vulgar language amongst other things. I can say it didn’t feel vulgar at all; because it used Irish phrases that I didn’t fully co [...]

    12. An exchange between Pegeen and Shawn at the beginning of the The Playboy of the Western World establishes that the village on the wild coast of Mayo is a dull and dreary place. Pegeen chides her suitor Shaneed by saying:“It’s a wonder, Shaneen, the Holy Father’d be taking notice of the likes of you; for if I was him I wouldn’t bother with this place where you’ll meet none but Red Linahan, has a squint in his eye, and Patcheen is lame in his heel, or the mad Mulrannies were driven from [...]

    13. This was a stranger play than I expected. Growing up in Ireland it was always vaguely in the background as one of the famous pieces of the country's literary history. I somehow managed to translate that into worthy and probably quite dull. The play in fact is almost surreal and certainly not dull. There are serious points made in it, with references to poverty, colonialism, social inequality and above all the claustrophobic nature of parochialism and how dangerous mob rule can be. However there [...]

    14. What is there not to love about this play? Funny, dangerously satirical, romantic and oddly poignant, this is almost an Irish COLD COMFORT FARM it's so deft in its characterizations and sly winks at the audience. As much fun to read as it would be to watch, it's the kind of play you wish was performed more often with the caliber of talent that would really bring it to life. A must for lovers of drama and/or the Emerald Isle.

    15. What did I just read.Story time on the background of this play: E. B. Yeats and his friend Lady Gregory owed a playhouse in Dublin, and they decided to put on this play by J. M. Synge. During its premiere, the first two acts went so well that Lady Gregory went to send a telegram to Yeats, who was in Paris, saying "Play is grand success." Then as my professor put it, "All hell breaks loose in the third acts with the mention of the word 'shifts'." In Act 3 the main dude says about the girl he's in [...]

    16. This short play is hilarious, and I have a hard time seeing it as anything but comedy. Yes, life in Mayo was hardscrabble, but since when has comedy been the exclusive province of the rich? Judging from many other comments, I am not in the majority here, but I do not see this play as sad or harsh or some form of criticism of Irish society. It is a rousing good time. (The three-star rating is due simply to the play's brevity and simplicity. I tend to reserve four- and five-star ratings for novels [...]

    17. A Modernist work that makes you stop and think, "What the hell is happening?" When it is first performed in Dublin, the audience went rioting and protesting against the play and Synge. Full review PC

    18. I learned a lot of new words.Having spent time in rural Ireland ,I actually felt quite at home with this.Synge draws wonderful portraits of the dramatis personae and I had no difficulty visualizing them.I would love to see the play.

    19. A strange play about a guy who thinks he killed his dad, and the fame that comes with it. I know this is supposed to be a comedy and has a deeper meaning than all the surface-level stuff, but the surface-level stuff is interesting enough on its own, and it's a fairly competent play. Don't know if if deserves to be considered a classic, but I enjoyed it for the most part. Apparently, this play caused a riot.

    20. Christy Mahon is the "ironic hero" in Synge's play, The Playboy of the Western World. Christy comes to the public house in Mayo, where he meets Pegeen, to find refuge. We learn his story: He killed his so called terrible father and buried his body in his corn field. He then ran away to avoid the authorities and find a safe place to hide out until it all passed over. When he meets Pegeen and all the people of Mayo, they are aroused by his story rather then appalled. They find his story of murder [...]

    21. Review Title: On the edge of something moreThis short play was written by Irish native Synge after compatriot W. B Yeats suggest he visit the Aran Islands just off the West Coast of Ireland's Galway Bay. The next landfall to the west is the new world of the North American continent. This geographic position on the fringe of the "Western World" as the knew it, plus the ironic nickname of "the playboy" for a shy runaway farm hand yields an easily misunderstood title to a play as easily misundersto [...]

    22. I've never been able to decide if Playboy of the Western World is outdated, prescient or timely. If it is timely then I think it would have to be timeless.Christy Mahon comes to Flaherty's Pub and charms the punters and barmaid Pegeen Mike (the daughter of owner Mike Flaherty) with the story of how he killed his father. Christy can tell a tale, so he charms the pants off the regulars (figuratively) and Pegeen (damn near literally).But Christy's Da shows up alive, having only been wounded by his [...]

    23. This play is in a class all of its own. The language is quite remarkable. I read somewhere that Synge directly transposed from the Irish Gaelic into English. This would explain the unorthdox use of the continuous present form where standard English would use the simple present, and the absence of the words "yes" and "no" which is characteristic of all Celtic languages, Goedelic and Brythonic, and which explains why to this day, even as usually thrid generation monolingual English speakers, Irish [...]

    24. Playful and wonderfully irreverent, I can honestly understand why it would have been despised by certain audiences when it was published. Its central focus of a young man who is praised by a community for allegedly killing his father with a shovel is certainly one that would have been looked upon with an arched eyebrow, as it is even today. But taking the seriousness of it away (which the play itself does quite quickly) and you are left with a wonderfully rich portrayal of Irish life (albeit fan [...]

    25. A Confession:I changed the rating from a 4 to a 5 because, days after reading the play, and after narrating it to my Mum on our morning walk talkathon session, I realised that I love this play! It's undoubtedly my favourite tragicomedy so far! Aristotle described tragicomedy as a story which may end happily for some and in sadness for others. This play fits in this definition as perfectly as a glove!To avoid spoilers, I'm leaving the comic elements for the readers to discover and enjoy! The trag [...]

    26. (If you could rate with half-stars, I would rate this 4.5/5)I enjoyed THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD even more so than Synge's IN THE SHADOW OF THE GLEN, for its characters and its plot were all the more rounded, exciting and eventful. The character of Christy reminded me somewhat of Dorian Gray, in his vain episodes (perhaps Synge nodding to Wilde?), and the plot was one of uniqueness and unpredictability. The only reasons I didn't rate 5 stars are a) as with SHADOW, I am little in the know a [...]

    27. Well. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would! I'm not usually interested in plays, I don't really like reading them, but this was pretty interesting.This is a really good play to read/see (if that is at all possible) if you are interested in and/or studying celtic history/culture or medieval history as the parallels drawn are pretty interesting in that regard.That was probably why I liked it, I'm studying celtic (and english literature) so it was pretty interesting to see the analysis of [...]

    28. It's hard to believe that this lovely little play sparked major rioting and uproar upon its first performance in Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1907 and again in New York in 1911, and all because of the apparent disdain it shows toward patricide and the "womanhood" of Ireland (this latter supposedly having been slighted by the mere passing mention of women's undergarments). Synge's language is enchanting, his characters vivid, and his sense of the dramatic potent and effective. Synge described this p [...]

    29. A play that caused riots back in the day, Synge's Playboy of the Western World is a classic Irish comedy -- black with flecks of light to fool you into thinking things might turn out all right. I don't know if the play itself stands the test of time (its celebration of a murderer doesn't seem all that shocking today, nor does its rebuke of him; and how the play settles its thematic score makes the whole enterprise seem flimsy, by today's standards). But I will say the play is a classic for a rea [...]

    30. Pegeen Mike is harranguing her father about leaving her alone as he and his friends leave for a wake, when Christy Mahon wanders in and claims he has murdered his father. The town people take him in, and he becomes a hero, or The Playboy of the Western World until his father shows up. Pegeen Mike falls in love with him over the mousy Shawn Keough she is to marry. The humor and the language is fabulous. This play incited riots because the audience didn't like how it portrayed the Irish. Delightfu [...]

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