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The Tinker's Wedding   By: (1871-1909)

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The Tinker's Wedding is a thought-provoking play written by the talented playwright John M. Synge. Set in rural Ireland during the early 20th century, Synge skillfully explores themes of love, rebellion, and societal expectations through the lives of his well-drawn characters.

The play centers around the unconventional relationship between Sarah Casey, a captivating and independent-minded tinker woman, and Michael Byrne, her lover and fellow tinker. The couple's desire to marry and their determination to defy societal norms form the crux of the narrative. Synge brilliantly weaves tension and humor throughout the play, creating a captivating story that keeps readers engrossed from beginning to end.

One of the strengths of The Tinker's Wedding lies in Synge's ability to breathe life into his characters. Both Sarah and Michael are complex individuals who defy stereotypes. Sarah, in particular, stands out as an incredibly strong and determined woman, unafraid to challenge the expectations placed upon her by society. Her portrayal as a fiercely independent woman fighting for her own happiness is both refreshing and inspiring.

The dialogue in the play is sharp and witty, packed with humorous exchanges that add levity to the more serious themes explored. Synge's writing style is captivating, filled with vivid descriptions and evocative language that bring the rustic Irish countryside and its inhabitants to life. Additionally, the play's structure is well-paced, with each act building upon the previous one, leading to a powerful and satisfying conclusion.

While Synge brilliantly captures the human spirit of rebellion and the desire for personal fulfillment, some readers may find aspects of the play challenging or controversial. The Tinker's Wedding challenges societal norms and morality, resulting in a story that forces readers to question and reflect upon their own beliefs. However, this is precisely what makes the play so compelling and thought-provoking.

Overall, The Tinker's Wedding is a captivating and beautifully written play that delves into the complexities of love, rebellion, and society. Synge's skillful storytelling and well-developed characters make the play an engaging and memorable read. Fans of Irish literature or those interested in exploring themes of societal expectations and personal freedom will undoubtedly find The Tinker's Wedding to be a rewarding and enlightening experience.

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Note: I have omitted the running heads, and I have marked with possible typos.




JOHN W. LUCE AND COMPANY BOSTON : : : : : : : : : 1911

Copyright 1904 By J. M. Synge


THE drama is made serious in the French sense of the word not by the degree in which it is taken up with problems that are serious in themselves, but by the degree in which it gives the nourishment, not very easy to define, on which our imaginations live. We should not go to the theatre as we go to a chemist's, or a dram shop, but as we go to a dinner, where the food we need is taken with pleasure and excitement. This was nearly always so in Spain and England and France when the drama was at its richest the infancy and decay of the drama tend to be didactic but in these days the playhouse is too often stocked with the drugs of many


seedy problems, or with the absinthe or ver mouth of the last musical comedy. The drama, like the symphony, does not teach or prove anything. Analysts with their problems, and teachers with their systems, are soon as old fashioned as the pharmacopœia of Galen, look at Ibsen and the Germans but the best plays of Ben Jonson and Molière can no more go out of fashion than the black berries on the hedges... Continue reading book >>

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