riders to the sea is a drama that emphatically depicts the collition that the islanders face every day as they stuggle to survive the death trial imposed upom them by the sea day in and day out.
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is riders to the sea a tragedy or a note of optimism?
Riders to the sea is a tragedy closely modelled on classical tragedies. Though it depicts the story of poor Aran folks, the tragedy that happens in the play is magnified by using elements of classical tragedy like forewarning and presence of supernatural.
As the second post points out, this tragedy actually arguably ends on a note of optimism as Maurya is ironically released from her fear and despair by the death of her last son. Her lack of fear of the sea and the dignity with which she ends the play suggests that in the midst of her tragedy she has found an element of peace.
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