Could you explain the theme of patricide in J. M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World?

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J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World revolves around Christy Mahon's "murder" of his overbearing father. Though Christy fails to actually kill his father (although he does succeed in bludgeoning him with a spade), his tale of supposed patricide catapults him into celebrity status in the play's small town setting. However, once Christy's father inconveniently appears outside the pub the young man is staying in, the villagers roundly condemn Christy, and so he is forced to attack his father once again and then leave the village.

So, as you can see, the play rests upon the powers of a story about patricide but does not...

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