The play boy of the Western World
Heroism is associated with positive extraordinary acts. However, this statement does not hold for Christy, one of the main characters in the play. The action that makes him a hero in the region is not positive but the society does not care about the morality of the action rather the people focus on the fact that he is bold. He cites that he kills his father regardless of his cruelty towards him. This brings out the heroic character in him as he portrays himself as a very bold man in the eyes of the new society he meets. The people grow fond of him for his bold attitude but they do not judge the morality of his action. Murdering a fellow human being should not be a heroic act but Christy gets credit for killing his father. Christy gets the attention of the ladies and he even wins the heart of one of the most respected ladies in the society, Pageen Mike. The lady is said to be very intelligent and disciplined and she falls in love with the heroic acts of Christy (Whitman 153). Quin an older lady than Pageen feels that she deserves to be the hero’s wife more than her. The actions happen too fast and the society does not take adequate time to judge the morality of the hero. While Christy enjoys the heroic attention he gets from the society, his father appears saying that he is looking for his son. The truth triumphs and Christy feels very embarrassed. Further, he loses his girlfriend Pageen and the society turns against him. To prove his bold nature, he attacks his father and almost kills him.
The story is similar to what happens in the real world. People are too quick to judge others even when they do not have adequate facts. The story can be likened with political leadership in most countries across the world. Most politicians play the role of Christy during the political campaigns. At the end of the play, the people learn that Christy’s father is alive and that he is just a coward as opposed to the bold character that he portrays in his narrative. The same case happens to the voters after they cast their ballot to incompetent leaders. The truth dawns on them after the end of the term when they realize that the promises were empty. It is important for one to think about the consequences of an action before they do it. This paper discusses the importance of having a second through before taking any action.
Christy Mahon is perceived as a hero by the society and the people want to be associated with him. He is a hero, even though the morality of his action is questionable. The story states that he is a coward boy who is treated badly by his father and he resorts to run away from his father’s wrath. This is not the image he portrays when he gets to a new environment where he feels that nobody knows about his past. One of the Christy’s characters is dishonesty. He lies about his life and enjoys the heroic attention that he gets from the people. Christy also a cunning person as it is depicted through his ability to get away from his father’s wrath and enjoy heroic attention by lying to the people. He is also a coward because he does not want to face his life but chooses to run away from his troubles. Christy is also a loving man as he falls in love with Pageen and is hurt when she decides to leave him. His character
Pageen Mike portrays the vulnerability of the voters in the face of cunning politicians. She is a loving lady who is attracted to bold men. She falls in love with Christy due to his bold action of killing his father. She is blinded by her love for Christy and she loves him unconditionally. In the play, the people labeled Christy a hero simply by listening to his narrative but nobody had the time to evaluate the truth of the story (Devlin 374). This is the same thing that happens with the voters. The eloquence of the aspirants blinds the voters and they do not take their time to evaluate whether the promises are realistic or not. Their eloquence blinds the society to an extent that it does not question anything the politicians say. Her intelligence is questionable at first because she fails to recognize that Christy’s story is not true. However, she turns out to be intelligent by refusing to associate with Christy after she learns the truth (Synge 164). Christy was able to lie to the society, and most of all to a lady who was regarded as an intelligent person. This is the same way politicians are able to lie to the people regardless of their intelligence level.
Widow Quin is a selfish woman who feels that Pageen does not deserve to marry Christy. Her conversation with Christy proves her mean character when she describes Pageen as dirty girl who is not fit to marry a hero like him. She says that she smells bad and keeps on scratching her body due to dirt (Synge 166). The same acts of selfishness are depicted by the politicians during election campaigns. They come to the voters with promises of the good things that they are capable of doing for the countries should they be elected. The unsuspecting voters label the aspirants as heroes and they do not judge them based on the past record or the logic in their promises rather they judge them on words.
Conclusively, the story is teaches that one should not take action before they consider the consequences. The story relates to the actions taken by voters during political campaigns only to learn that the politicians whim they entrusted their welfare to do not respect their welfare. Most politicians are not selfless and they promise great things that make them look like heroes to the voters only to let them down. It is therefore important for people to consider both the positive and negative aspects of a situation n before taking action.
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Whitman, James Q. “The two western cultures of privacy: dignity versus liberty.” Yale Law Journal (2004): 151-221.