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Nora- window character in "Riders to the Sea"

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tuhin22 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM via web

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Nora- window character in "Riders to the Sea"

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kc4u | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 8, 2009 at 1:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Nora, old Maurya's younger daughter, brings in the bundle of clothes from the priest & reproduces what the priest told her. Nora gives information as regards Bartley's proposed journey to the sea. She is engaged in conversation with the elder sister, Cathleen; she sits close to the outer door of their cottage to see beyond the microcosm of the stage-space, and to serve as a link with the macro world without.

Nora is younger and less experienced or matter-of-fact than her sister, Cathleen, and her brother, Bartley. She is less actively, or rather decisively, engaged in the happenings of the play. But Nora functions as an important link, initialising the play's action by her entry through the half-open cottage-door, and all her information and questions keep the play's action in its topical perspective.

A window character is one that a main character talks with. In case of Nora, this nomenclature may not be exactly appropriate, for it is Cathleen who chiefly converses with Nora. Maurya and Bartley mostly have their exchanges with Cathleen, rather than with Nora. At the same time, Nora also talks much to show her curiosity and inexperience.

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