Dancing at Lughnasa, The function of the narrator


Dancing at Lughnasa  = the function of the narrator
- link between narrative monologues and the fact that Lughnasa is a memory play
-adult Michael stands as an observer, nor a participant, in the plays action, and comments upon what we see on stage = COMES FROM A GREEK TRADITION
- Michael stands as a constant reminder of what is to come and the consequences of the actions of the Mundy’s
-it is Michael, through 5 narrative monologues, who introduces us to the characters and the events, but this is through his OWN recollection of them. Thus, it is left to the audience to decide how legitimate said recollections are in reality = slight hyperbole?
-Boy Michael is not physically present on the stage, the characters, when addressing him, effectively speaking to an empty space, and the verbal responses are provided by adult Michael, in an adult voice.
- this provides an emotional barrier between the audience and their engagement with the characters, particularly Michael, instead the focus is drawn to the…


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