The Rising of the Moon
About the playwright
Lady Gregory is an Irish poet, folklorist, translator, and playwright. She contributed to the Irish Literary Revival. She played a significant role in Irish Independence through her patriotic writing that inspired the youth to fight for the motherland.
About the play
“The Rising of the Moon”, a one-act play by Lady Gregory was composed in 1904. It was included in her book “Seven Short Plays” (1909).
Ireland was under the rule of the British and wanted their freedom from the British. So, many people of Ireland raised their voices against the British Empire and began a movement for their motherland.
The play takes place on a wharf in a seaport town in Ireland. This play is based on the relationship between England and Ireland. The title of the play is taken from the ballad on Shawn O’Farrell. The title of the play is a symbol of the Irish uprising against the British. There are two characters in the play- Sergeant and the ragged man. These two characters represent two opposing forces in Ireland.
This play also presents the relationship between Ireland and England before Irish independence. It depicts various themes such as the unity of the Irish people, revolution, law, and order.
There are four characters in the play-Sergeant, the ragged man, Policeman B, and Policeman X. There is a conflict between the sense of duty of the Sergeant and the profound feelings of patriotism of the ragged man.
The title phrase ‘The Rising of the Moon’ is very significant. It symbolizes the political and emotional awakening of the Irish people.