Skip to main content

J. M. Synge's " Riders To The Sea": Top Exam Questions Answered

She is sometimes physically passive, mentally she is weak, but the movement in her mind is not a all passive. It involves tremendous transformation of her mind. Intellectually a spiritually, he is dynamic a passive. Her tottering states her accepting of Bartley's death show that she is passive. Outer being is passive a inner being is dynamic a - - - - - -   mobile.

How do the images provide structure to the play?

The images a symbols in Riders To The Sea provide structure not in the architectonic sense of the term , but in the sense of providing an unity of impression which is often more important and convincing to an audience than the mere cause and sequence of the plot . The images in symbols in Riders To The Sea, being uniformly related to the theme of death and disaster, provide the play with its tragic atmosphere, an atmosphere which sets the tone of the play. They help to create an incessant and unflagging suspense, an atmosphere of imparting and pervading tragedy.  

The peace that Maurya achieves at the end when she is reconciled to the death of all her male poignancy and realizes that death is an inevitability, is often characterized as “Christian serenity " The application is only partly a hot wholly True . Her peaceful state of mind is engendered hot by the standard Christian consolation of blood being benevolent or the possibility of a merger with God after the earthly lives but by the stoic acceptance of the stark reality of death. Her attitude is stoic rather than Christian.

Maurya's vision of Michael?

It lends it her tragedy a touch of melodrama... A flaws the play or excessively dramatic.
The vision of Michael - this prepares for the death of Bartley, his death is being made probable. Such incidents pre- occurring from the beginning mention - - - - - - - -   This visionary symbol unifies the entire plot. It's as important as the vision of Bride Dara . It might have appeared a flaw in a play set in an industrial situation but in its ease it is significant. Here Michael 'scene enhances the play instead of Flaw the play.

Four movements in Synge's one act play Riders To The Sea ---- what are these a how do they prepare the audience for the play's final resolution?

(1) The suffering mother -- the anticipating the death of Michael- a weeping
 (2) A concern for Bartley- a the desire to prevent his journey
 (3) Maurya's conquest of suffering by the selfish thought that she will have to weep no more
 (4) The final movement of Maurya's mind where the serenity is bred not by selfishness but by selflessness, by a concern for all humanity i.e. development of charity, sympathy.

" The entire action of Riders To The Sea is the movement of maurya's mind rather than the physical doings of men a women, still the play has a breathless peace ". Do you argue? Give reasons for your answer.

Actually Riders To The Sea is about the movement , the Transformation of Maurya's mind , her change in outlook , her change of world view , the artist in Synge is aware that the word drama means action a that without dramatic action , the audience is unlikely to be spell - bound by the play . He also provides the audience with kinds a forebodings of impending disaster, thereby rising our suspense, a including a number of small incidents such as the almost cat a mouse game with the identification of the clothes, the sighting of almost visionary spectacles such as the star in close proximity with the moon a the resplendently clad Michael. Maurya's recollection --- vivid a dramatic of the death of her seven of her men folk , and the culminating death of Bartley serve to give " breathless place " to the play.

The imagery a symbolism connected with the sea in Synge's play?

Sea is itself a symbol the principle of destruction a preservation of life. Sea is an embodiment of time , taking human beauty a human life away describe the foam , sea -- rocks , incoming tides are like giving life a the outgoing Tides ( ebb Tide ) are like stating life ! Poseidon’s story.....

Riders To The Sea Transcends its regional character into a universal significance?

The uniqueness of Riders To The Sea lies in the fact that this context -- bound, tropical a regional play about the life of a peasant woman a her immediate family in the Aran Islands at the beginning of the 20th cent should attract (attract) and govern the minds of readers throughout the world for aeons to come it is indubitable that the local colour - involving. The presentation of the mores a manners , the superstitions a rituals , the professions a livelihoods , the intimacies a agonies of the A . Islanders in an unindustrialized society should transfix this playing one location at one time. Yet the suffering of a bereaved mother, and the transformation of her character through the realization that it is not her specific tragedy but the tragedy of all mankind, her development from selfishness to selflessness, from ego-centralism to charity a humanity, finds a sympathetic chord in every human breast. The change in world - view, a desirable change for every human bring , makes it universal a journal.

Movement in the plot (materialistic):-

i) Discussion of possibility of Michael’s death
ii) Journey of Bartley after overriding his mother's please
iii) Confirmation of Michael’s death through the identification of his clothes a
iv) The climatic death of Bartley.

Ardhendu De


  1. Hello Friends.........

    Great information.Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.

    Have a nice time ahead.

    study material

  2. thanks. keep going on sharing such kinda material


Post a Comment

Drop any query, suggestion or comment here.

Popular posts from this blog

Dr. Samuel Johnson's Preface to Shakespeare: Points to Remember

Eighteenth-century writer Samuel Johnson ((1709-1784) is one of the most significant figures in English literature. His fame is due in part to a widely read biography of him, written by his friend James Boswell and published in 1791. Although probably best known for compiling his celebrated dictionary, Johnson was an extremely prolific writer who worked in a variety of fields and forms.
Chief Critical Approaches of Dr. Johnson are:
Johnson tried teaching and later organized a school in Lichfield. His educational ventures were not successful, however, although one of his students, David Garrick, later famous as an actor, became a lifelong friend.

Milton's Use of Epic Simile in Paradise Lost, Book-I

"Three poets, in three distant ages born,
Greece, Italy and England did adorn.
The first in loftiness of thought surpass'd;
The next in majesty; in both the last:
The force of Nature could no further go;
To make a third she join'd the former two."

John Dryden (1631 - 1700)
English poet, playwright, and literary critic, 1688.Referring to John Milton in relation to Homer and Virgil.
Epic simile is, in simple words, an elaborate comparison that travels beyond the point of comparison and gives a complete poetic picture of some scene or incident suggested to the mind of the poet. They are used for illustration and ornamentation. They add dignity to the style. Such long-tailed similes stand by itself illuminating and beautifying much more than the ordinary narrative.

Dr. West’s New Method of Teaching English :Its Merits and Demerits

Dr. West conducted an extensive research and experiments on the problems of teaching English as a foreign language in India. Read More Teaching EnglishThe new method is the outcome of his research. It stood as a reaction against the Direct Method.
                Dr. West approached the problem of teaching English not from the standpoint of pedagogy, but from the standpoint of social needs of the Indian people. He holds that, “Indian boys need most of all to be able to read English, than to write it, and lastly to speak it and understood it when spoken”. Read More Teaching EnglishMoreover, he maintains that “learning to read a language is by far the shortest road to learning to speak and write it. “According to him it is easier to acquire a reading knowledge of a language than to acquire a speaking. So the teacher’s chief concern should be to develop the habit of purposeful silent reading in the children and not the habit of oral reading.