Riders To The Sea as A Tragedy || Discuss in Brief

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      The dominant feelings which a tragedy producers are as Aristotle said those of "Pity and Fear" and those two feelings also imply sympathy affection, dread, awe, terror etc. The play Riders To The Sea is an excellent example of modern one act tragedy. Although this play has not the Shakespearean dimensions and his great sense of tragedy, still the play is called a tragedy. Without having any Hamlet or a King Lear the play produce all the successive feeling of an ideal tragic atmosphere. The tragedy here is not found involving any murder or bloodshed, it also do not include any kind of conspiracy. Rather the tragedy here consist in the successive death of several male member of a family living close to the sea on a Iceland.

Riders To The Sea is an excellent example of modern one act tragedy. Although this play has not the Shakespearean dimensions and his great sense of tragedy.
Rider To The Sea

      All the men of this family perished in the sea and become the the victims of a miracles force of nature. The protagonist Maurya has lost her husband her son and one after the other all the deaths have left her completely alone in the world. Maurya is the victim of the mighty omnipotent power of the sea, and she fights vainly against it by trying to prevent her lost surviving son Bartley, from going out to the sea in the form of a cruel fete which dominates her life and family. And thus in the play the ruthless sea appears to be the omnipotent fate devouring up helpless humans causing gloomy tragedy in the life of Maurya and her children.

      Inner most core sea of grief in Maurya gradually embraces her sorrows for letting go every single male member in her family, toward the dimension of mortality. At the same time, she turn away the terrible force of the sea and tries to regain her inner strength to live the rest of her life with two of her daughters. Her motherhood perishes, in the conflict between Maurya and the sea. The unparalleled solicitation of Riders to the Sea lies in the depiction of a tragic sense of 'Genuine Tragedy'.

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