Analysis Of The English / Irish Playwright, Screenwriter, And Film Director Martin Mcdonagh

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The English/Irish playwright, screenwriter, and film director Martin McDonagh has been described as “one of the most important living Irish playwrights,” despite the fact that he was born in London and lived there his entire life (Zinoman). His early plays present the west of Ireland to us as a horrible place, populated by savage people disguised as ordinary. His plays and films are most notable for their casual use of violence and strong dialogue; it is hard for one not to notice the striking similarities to American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. However, the relationship between McDonagh and Tarantino, at least on McDonagh’s end, seems to be a rocky one.
In 1994, over the course of 10 months, McDonagh wrote his first seven plays while living in a house in an Irish neighborhood of London. For the next twenty years these works were produced in London and then New York. In 1994 Quentin Tarantino’s most well-known film, Pulp Fiction, was released. Known for its mix of humor and violence, extensive dialogue, and allusions to pop culture, the film became a major critical and commercial success. McDonagh, who cites cinema as his “first love” and theatre “always [his] last,” would have undoubtedly watched Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction when it was first released. In fact, during a 2001 interview with The Guardian, McDonagh himself compared his work to Tarantino’s when describing his own mix of humor and cruelty:
I suppose I walk that line between comedy and cruelty, because I think one…

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