The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey
Wednesday 23 October 2013, 6 p.m. section
- November 1915, Dublin & looking forward to the liberation of Ireland
- pre-Easter Rising
- bar/brothel in Ireland "public house"
- political rally outside
- Young Covey is at the rally, and comes in for a drink between speeches
- Clitheroe, Lt. Langon & Capt. Brennan are very moved, but Rosie (a prostitute) feels the rally is bad for business
- a conversation between her and Covey ensues
- Young Covey: an ardent communist
- Rosie: a prostitute
Discussion Set Up
- This conversation is taking place while the rest of the country is clad in hope and an arguably delusional notion of freedom, but these two characters are holding a critical eye to the fervor. Young Covey and Rosie are not your average Irish society member though, and I believe O"Casey uses them to not only foreshadow the failure of the Easter Rising but to incorporate the themes of Yeats. What do you think Rosie"s role as a prostitute brings to the table?
- Rosie as love
- Covey as critical of "excess" love (supports rational economic freedom)
- Consider Rosie's dialogue as though she weren't a prostitute
- Rioted by viewers
- Yeats said to these rioters, "You have disgraces yourselves again; is this to be the recurring celebration of the arrival of Irish genius?"
- Jenersky"s Thesis on the Origin, Development, an" Consolidation of the Evolutionary Idea of the Proletariat
- O"Casey & Yeat"s relationship