Themes in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" Essay

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THEMES IN MARTIN MCDONAGH’S PLAY : THE BEAUTY QUUEN OFLEENANE

Isolation
Maureen and Mag are isolated because of their physical location and their relationship with each other. Maureen dreams of being free of her mother’s house and small town life in Leenane. She blames her mother and her sisters for her circumstances; however, she is faced with the hard truth that men don’t come to call. Farming towns like Leenane were previously communities built on supporting each other, but over time families grew more isolated from one and other, leaving people like Mag and Maureen without the help of friendly neighbours. According to one ciritic; Leenane is not a place to live, it is a place to leave. As the suicidal priest of the parish,
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Examples of violence expressed through language abound. Maureen, who repeatedly scolds and chastises Mag, tells her rudely : ‘’you’re oul and you’re stupid and you don’t know what you’re talking about:’’
And also Maureen tells Pato, “Look at this. The radio left on too, the daft oul bitch”
Mag is worried about an old woman’s murder in Dublin and Maureen speaks her mind and says “that sounds exactly the type of fella I would like to meet, and then bring him home to meet you, if he likes murdering oul women” (368). She adds that “for the pleasure of me [her] company he’d come. Killing you [Mag] it would just be a bonus for him.” Then she says that “if he clobbered you [Mag] with a big axe or something and took your [her] oul head off and spat in your [her] neck, I [she] wouldn’t mind at all, going first”
Violence is used as a dramatic device since the writer’s desire to shock the audience is evidenced when Mag unexpectedly pitches forward and reveals her battered skull. Similarly, he creates suspense when Maureen approaches Ray from behind, carrying the poker in her hands.
Violence is also made evident in Maureen’s dreams. In her struggle to break free from her mother’s demands and from her monotonous life, Maureen dreams “of anything! Of anything. Other than this” . Readers can realize the intensity of Maureen’s frustration in scene two when she

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