Analysis Of ' Night Of The Quicken Trees ' By Claire Keegan Essay

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Although most people do not believe in superstition, they follow people’s daily lives—some are common, such as knocking on wood, while others are more elaborate, such as rituals during football games. Nowadays, forgetting to perform a superstitious ritual will not end in terror, but in the past people thought terrible luck would befall them for forgetting. Superstition thrives in poor, rural areas because the people living there look for luck to improve their circumstances. Ireland, who has not always had a strong economy, has a rich history of superstition although the traditions are not widely practiced anymore. In her short story “Night of the Quicken Trees”, Claire Keegan mixes superstition and reality in a modern Ireland, and the main character Margaret Flusk engages in several rituals to avoid bad luck. Keegan uses superstition to show how people with bad luck are drawn to it, to demonstrate its effects in Ireland, and to show how it encourages a sense of community. Margaret looks to superstition in her daily life because she wants to improve her luck. After having an affair with the priest, Margaret got pregnant and had a child; however, the baby died. Because of her circumstances, she feels inclined to make her own luck and turns to superstition: “If she believed in the forces of nature, she was yet determined to avoid bad luck. She’d had her share of bad luck so now she never threw out ashes of a Monday or passed a labourer without blessing his work. She…

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