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Transcript of sive
The background of this play is Ireland in the fifties. It is a time of harsh poverty and people are measured in terms of the land and the crops they possess. There are many references to the fear of the poorhouse and the rough reality of poverty. Marriage and love are both seen in pragmatic terms in relation to the amount of possessions a person has. It is a time when matchmakers were popular and local trades flourished. The land is an important feature of the play. Theme or Issue
In this play love and marriage are treated very negatively. Thomasheen who is supposed to be the local matchmaker and bring together people who love one another in marriage queries cynically to Mena ‘what business have the likes of us with love? The whole notion of love and marriage becomes synonymous with selfishness and self-interest. Mena and Thoasheen are seen as two despicable characters who have no interest in anything else but serving their own interests and pockets. Both are governed by selfishness and see Sive’s marriage to Sean Dota in terms of monetary interests and particularly monetary interest which will benefit themselves. The momentum of the wedding takes over the whole family. While Sive is nervous and apprehensive, she withdraws to herself. Meanwhile, Mena and Mike are excited at the prospect of having more money. While they invite Thomasheen over to the house for drinks, Liam Scuab meets with Carthalawn and Pats Bocock to arrange for Sive to run away with him. He gives the two men a note to pass to Sive.