Sean O'Casey World Literature Analysis - Essay

Sean O'Casey World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

O’Casey’s first three great plays set the tone for the rest of his work. In them, he portrays characters from society’s lower levels entangled in conflicts that they cannot control, understand, or accept. Such fundamental conflicts form the basis of his plays.

Two important features make the conflicts in O’Casey’s plays urgent and persuasive. One is his selection of character types. O’Casey’s characters are generally poorly educated, powerless, and vulnerable. Typically, they are the people whom society considers ignoble and lacking in value. Basing his imaginative concerns on such characters was, at the time O’Casey did it, both artistically daring and culturally provocative. Doing so is an aspect of...

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