The potrayal of the tragic atmosphere in Riders to the sea
R.Umagandhi, S.Thulasi Devi
The Aran Islands, Supernatural, Superstitions, Manuscript
The Aran Islands , this is a prose work of synge and describes his impressions of the life of the people of these islands. On the advice of Yeats Synge went to these islands and stayed there from 10th May to 25th June, 1898. He spent two weeks on Inishmere and four on Inishman. He returned to Aran in the summers of 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1902. He spend in all four and a half months in the Aran Islands.He observed the life , language and the beliefs and superstitions of the people and he noted down these impressions in his note books. At Yeats’suggestion he offered the manuscript for publication. It was published by Elkin Mathews in association with Maunsel and company in 1907.
The Aran Islands is described in the first person and is in the form of a journal. Synge noticed that the islanders were very simple and poor people and they lived lonely lives in constant fear of death. At the same time people have good humour and Vitality. They have strong faith in supernatural.
Synge describes various stories that he heard there. Several of his plays are based on these stories. Synge noted down the words and phrases that he had heard there and he used these in his plays. The Aran Islands should, therefore, be careully studied by one who get an insight into his plays.