In Riders to the Sea , Why does Maurya ,when speaking poetically, addresses her daughter Nora? Why not Cathleen?
i found this 4 times (in the 4 last pages of the play):
1- ...(she puts up her hands, as if to hide something from her eyes) The Son of God spare us, Nora!
2- ...and they holding a thing in the half of a red sail, and water dripping out of it -- it was a dry day, Nora -- and leaving a track to the door.
3-... and I won't care what way the sea is when the other women will be keening.
(To Nora) Give me the Holy Water, Nora, there's a small sup still on the dresser.
4-...May the Almighty God have mercy on Bartley's soul, and on Michael's soul, and on the souls of Sheamus and Patch, and Stephen and Shawn; (bending her head) and may He have mercy on my soul, Nora, and on the soul of every one is left living in the world.
There's surely a significant of this and i think it's something in Nora's character..if you can provide me with a link or a name of a book which can support your answer it would be great. if not, it's okay and thank you for your help in advance.
because Nora is a bit immature and innocent so that she still thinking by her heart. when Mouria saw the goast of Michael behind Bartley and made sure that Bartley will be drown,Nora said "Didn't the young prist say the Almighty Gog wouldn't leave her detitute with no son living".
Nora is the sensitive , innocent daughter who still believes in God. While Cathleen is more practical and worldly but has no understanding for her mother. Hence Maurya addresses her younger daughter Nora when speaking poetically.Because only in Nora she would find a sympathetic audience.