The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge

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Why does the playboy appeal to readers of The Playboy of the Western World?

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First, Christy Mahon in Synge's The Playboy of the Western World hasn't always appealed to audiences.  The play caused riots when it was originally produced because it was thought to be too vulgar, violent, and negative toward the Irish people. 

Since other audiences/readers are further removed from the play's subjects, they may be attracted to Christy.  Several reasons for this exist.

First, other characters in the play like...

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