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The opening scene of a play is of upmost importance for informing the audience of future events. How far is this true in Conor McPherson's The Weir?

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The opening scene of a play is of upmost importance for informing the audience of future events. How far is this true in 'The Weir'? The Weir is a playwright written by Conor McPherson in 1997. At the beginning of the play we are first introduced to set, McPherson uses very good choices for making a small rural bar which is very effective throughout the play as the set does not change in this play. As for the audience it is very easy to imagine the bar as the bar atmosphere is created. The fireplace and stove most importantly as back in the old days there was no heating system. Also at the beginning it mentions, "The bar is part of a house and the house is part of a farm" this quote to describe the set of the play is very suggestive as it has realistic facts in it, we know that back in old times people wanted their businesses to be close to their home, as they were the owners they had a control over it, so in this play Brendan is the bartender and controls the pub. There are lot of interesting scenes in this play, for instance at the beginning of the play when Jack enters the pub, the conversation between them is very basic and next question Jack asks is, "What's with the Guinness?" ...read more.

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Jack : "Well. Jim says he met Finbar Mack down in the Spar. Finally, either sold or's renting the, the thing after how many years it's sat there?" - This quote specifically shows the audience that they get all information about Finbar threw Jim, this happens when they talk about Maura Nealon's house. And on the next page (page 6) where all jealousy is shown Brendan says "Fucking... Jimmy talking all that crack with Finbar." This quote shows the jealousy and the fact that Brendan does not like what Finbar does and he does not want people like Jim talking about it. As readers or audience we can clearly see that as the time passes Jack becomes more aggressive and uses more swear words, he is angrier and his jealousy is up to its limit. He constantly drinks and asks for more from Brendan. Brendan in fact is calmer by his conversation tries to calm his friend. : It'd take a bomb under you' this quote more tries is important as we can clearly identify that the author represents Brendan's calming and controlling character, this shows how well Brendan knows his friend Jack and knows what it will lead to if Jack continuous drinking. ...read more.

Conclusion

of ghostly remembrances and the weir is used to symbolize the characters in the play as their thoughts alter as the time passes. From my point of view by observing the play in pages from one to twelve we can clearly identify these three men as crude, rude and harsh people the fact that they are from countryside backs it up as well as they are all single and are jealous of others. This fact leads us to think that when lady from Dublin arrives all men will try to show themselves, impress woman from city, but considering that they do not have the experience makes us readers think that their way of talking won't change a lot. They might start talking about stuff which won't interest Valerie. The writer uses very good technique of foreshadowing to hint the audience or the readers about future events, it is very likely that an audience can guess what will happen afterwards based on information heard already, in fact this can also be a tricky hint, so the audience might think about the future events but in the play it might go in completely different way, this technique helps to keep the audience more entertained as their curiosity rises. ?? ?? ?? ?? Word Count: 1282 Mikayel Aghajanyan English SL ...read more.

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