Riders to the Sea


J. M. Synge

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Bartley’s Horses

Bartley’s horses are a complex symbol of death and fate, as Bartley dies by being thrown into the sea by the gray pony. The Christian overtones of the horses are important to understand, since Bartley’s…

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The White Boards

The white boards that Maurya bought to build Michael’s coffin are onstage for the entirety of the play, and their presence is an omen of death that implies that another fatality will occur before…

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The Rope

Like the white boards, the rope that Bartley uses to make a halter for his horse is yet another symbol of death. The rope resembles a noose, an instrument of execution, and Synge further…

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