What is the relevance of the 'nails' and the 'white boards' Maurya mentions in the book?

unknowngirl08 | Student

The play is about the Aran Islanders and their relation to the sea. The sea plays the role of a creator in their lives as well as that of a destructor. The 'nails' and 'white boards' referred to in the play reflects the role of the sea as a life taker. The presence of new boards and nails in the household of Maurya shows that death is a day to day incident in the lives of these people. So, to be prepared for such disasters in a place which provides very less facilites to the people, they have to keep materials ('white board','nails','rope' etc) needed for the funeral of their near and dear ones. 

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Riders to the Sea

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