Significance of The Sea in The Play Riders To The Sea

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      The play a Rider To The Sea is often called a symbolic play and like all great classical Greek tragedies display ends on a note of tragic announcement that we human beings are nothing but some more puppets in the Mighty hands of fate. From these perspectives the essence of symbolism comes out. The sea in the play not only performs a literal rule but most significantly it is endowed with a vital symbolic function to perform. In this play the sea is shown as a hungry forts and and over roaring killer, talking a tool of innocent human lives. Maurya and her children here found at the mercy of the sea which is also the source of their living.

The play a Rider To The Sea is often called a symbolic play and like all great classical Greek tragedies.
Rider To The Sea

      Actually those one act play has the essence of a classical Greek tragedy. In a typical Greek tragedy the lives of the human beings are found in the hands of fate and all the aspirations broken by the cruel destiny. In the same way the sea here symbolically perform its role as a cruel fate for the innocent lives of the Icelanders. Here the fate is personified in the form of a sea which appears almost as a kind of Almighty for the family of Maurya. Just like in ancient classical Greek tragedies human beings are cruelly destructed by a merciless fate, in the same way in Riders To The Sea also none could withstand the the the violent Mighty power of providence, formed in the symbolism of the sea.

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