The Plough and the Stars by Sean OCaseyThis Educational Edition of Sean OCaseys The Plough and the Stars contains: The full playtext; An introduction to the playwright, his background and his work; A detailed analysis of the social and political events of the period; A close analysis of language, structure and characters in the play; Features of performance; textual notes expelling difficult words and references.
The Plough and the Stars
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The play is set in Dublin during the Easter Rising of , and its premiere at the Abbey Theatre sparked rioting by nationalists who felt that it defamed Irish patriots. Although Nora is pregnant with their first child, Jack ignores her pleas, goes into the streets to fight for the cause, and is killed. When their baby is stillborn, Nora loses her mind. The Plough and the Stars. Info Print Cite.
The play depicted the co-opting of the Labour Movement by the Nationalists, criticizing the jettisoning of Socialist economic principles in favor of blind, impractical patriotism. This formal juxtaposition did not sit well with the crowd.
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Often referred to collectively as the Dublin trilogy, each of them is considered a masterpiece in its own right, and each features O'Casey's masterful blend of comic and tragic craftsmanship. It's not necessary to see all three to understand their stories, but together they have a thematic unity — namely, war turns human beings into their worst selves. And now, in an impressive hat trick, Irish Repertory Theatre has achieved something monumental with its brilliant productions of all three, which are now running in rep through June. The Plough and the Stars has the distinction of being the bleakest, most dismal of the three, despite the knee-slapping humor of the first scenes. The play takes place around the time of Easter Rising of , in which over a thousand Irish Republican soldiers declared independence for Ireland and engaged in a bloody battle with British forces that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians and the injuries of thousands. Like the previous two plays, The Plough and the Stars opens in a Dublin tenement. We see the working-class, day-to-day lives of the Clitheroes and their neighbors who drift in and out — some of them welcome, like the workingman Fluther Good Michael Mellamphy and the young socialist Covey James Russell ; and some of them not, like the violently argumentative fruit vendor Bessie Burgess Maryann Plunkett , whose son is off fighting for the British and whose daughter Mollser Meg Hennessy is dying of consumption.