Oppression, Repression, and Depression in The Mai

  • Dr. Rachna Davi Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad, UP.
Keywords: Irish womanhood, contemporary Irish society, women’s oppression, The Mai, Marina Carr

Abstract

This research paper presents an extremely pessimistic view of Irish womanhood and the place of women in the contemporary Irish society. Women’s oppression, repression and depression are not a new topic in literature, but in the past it was another factor in the continuation of male dominance and women’s inferiority. This paper explores the hopes and disappointments of four generations of women within one Irish family. Marina Carr’s play The Mai explores the oppression, repression, and depression of four generations of women who contempt their mistake. The life of women is full of sorrow because of their husband’s infidelity. They are totally devoted to their husbands. For instance, the protagonist of the play knows that her husband is unfaithful to her, in spite of that, she loves him and waits for him. This presents an extremely pessimistic view of Irish womanhood and the place of women in the society.

Moreover, this paper uses exploratory research method where it discusses problems and questions. It deals with qualitative research design because it concerns with human nature and behavior.

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Author Biography

Dr. Rachna Davi, Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad, UP.

Dr. Rachna Davi is an Assistant Professor of English at Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad, UP. Her main areas of interest are Irish Literature, Indian Literature, Professional Communication and Business Communication. Dr. Davi has obtained her M.Phil and Ph.D degrees from university of Lucknow. She has published several research papers in national and international journals.

References

1. Carr, Marina. “Marina Carr: Plays One Low in the Dark. The Mai, Portia Caughlan. By the Bog Of Cats”. London: Faber and Faber, 1999. Print.
2. Leeney, Cathey and McMullen, Anna. The Theatre Of Marina Carr: Before Rules Was Made. Ireland: Carysfort Press, 2003. Print.
3. MacCionnaith, Eric-Michael. Resurrections: The use of folklore themes and motifs in Marina Carr’s works. Eugene: N P, 2008. Print.
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5. Wallace, Clare. “Tragic Destiny and Abjection in Marina Carr’s The Mai, Portia Coughlan and By the Bog of Cats…” Irish University Review, 31.2, 2001, pp 431-49. Print.
Published
2021-02-15
How to Cite
Davi, D. R. “Oppression, Repression, and Depression in The Mai”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 8, no. 1, Feb. 2021, pp. 162-86, doi:10.201411/clri.v8i1.784.
Section
Research Papers