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The Rising of the Moon

In The Rising of the Moon, what is the theme of the play?

This play by Lady Gregory explores the theme of loyalty and betrayal. The police sergeant is placed with the difficult decision of whether he should be loyal to England, as his job obligates him to...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 4:25 am UTC

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The Rising of the Moon

Is the title of the play The Rising of the Moon justified?

The “moon” in the title of Lady Gregory’s play has both literal and symbolic meaning and thus is an important element of the title. Furthermore, the idea of “rising” is related to the specific...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2019 7:54 pm UTC

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What is ironic about the situations of the sergeant and the ragged man?

One realizes the irony of the situation of the Sergeant and the Ragged Man in In the Rising of the Moon as they sit talking on the barrel overlooking the river. The Sergeant is a poor family man...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2015 3:10 pm UTC

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In The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory, describe the symbolism of the moon. Where does the play take place, and...

To determine the symbolism of the moon, one should examine the way different characters react to it. When Policeman Z sees the moon rising as he keeps his watch, it makes him feel lonely and...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 9:38 pm UTC

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Critically analyze the title of the play The Rising of the Moon.

In Lady Gregory’s one-act play, a police officer makes an irrevocable decision to help an escaped prisoner. This decision comes at a financial cost, as he is forfeiting a reward he might have...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 9:57 pm UTC

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What is ironic about the scene with the Sergeant and the Ragged Man?

Isabella Augusta Persse introduces irony in two main ways during this scene. In different ways, both the Sergeant and the Ragged Man are disguised and then reveal their true selves. In addition,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019 2:16 am UTC

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In the story "The Rising of the Moon", whom does the singer reveal himself to be?

The singer, a man in ragged clothing, first identifies himself as "Jimmy Walsh", a ballad singer who only wants to sell some songs to sailors landing at the wharf. By the end of the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2008 7:49 am UTC

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Discuss the tactics that the "man" uses to change the sergeant's mind in the play The Rising of the Moon.

The Ragged Man proves very skillful at diverting the Sergeant from doing his duty as a police officer. Initially, the Sergeant is very hostile toward the man and orders him to leave for the town so...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 8:48 am UTC

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For The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory:  1. describe the setting (this includes the time period, season, and time...

Lady Gregory's one-act play The Rising of the Moon is set on the quay of a small Irish seaport town on a moonlit night. There are some posts and chains, a large barrel, and stone steps leading down...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 2:20 pm UTC

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How does the fugitive make the sergeant remember his idealistic younger days? What effect does this have on the...

Although the fugitive and the sergeant are on opposite sides of the law, they're both Irishmen. They come from similar backgrounds and share a number of cultural references that, under normal...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020 11:49 am UTC

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What are propaganda plays?

The Rising of the Moon is a propaganda play in that it openly supports a political cause, namely the cause of Irish nationalism. The play's author, Lady Gregory, was a strong supporter of Irish...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 10:16 am UTC

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