The Playboy of the Western World - Short Sample Answers
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In his Preface to The Playboy, Synge writes that “on the stage one must have reality, and one must have joy." What does he mean by this?
Synge went to great lengths in his program note to The Playboy – and later in his published Preface – to assure the public that he reproduces in his play the singular language of Irish villagers. By representing the poetic language of these people through his plays, he is attempting to capture reality. And yet the poetic form of this language - rendered through imagery, argot and rhythm - also reflects the depth and color of a popular folk imagination. There is myth and excitement even within this realism. For Synge, this imagination and poetic extravagance was unfathomably rich, not only in its own expression, but also through its “joyful” effect on his own creati...