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
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. Infuriated by this defaming of the Rebellion and egged on by the widow-martyr Mrs. Sheehy-Skeffington, the February audience began to riot. Robert Lowery describes the resulting chaos:. Twenty women rushed from the pit to the stalls. Two of them succeeded in reaching the stage, where a general melee took place.
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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. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback.
The first two acts take place in November , looking forward to the liberation of Ireland. The last two acts are set during the Easter Rising, in April The first act is a representation of normal working-class life in early twentieth century Dublin. The majority of major characters are introduced. The act opens with gossip from Mrs Gogan, a Catholic charwoman.