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Emigration: Compare And Contrast The Treatment Of Emigration And Rural Life In "The Country Boy" By John Murphy And "Philadelphia, Here I Come" By Brian Freill.

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Emigration has been, and still is, a major factor in Ireland. It has been ever since the famine of 1845. Over one million people left Ireland to go to The United States Of America, and Irish people have been leaving ever since. It used to be that everyone who left, were leaving due to unemployment or lack of opportunities, but these days, even though there are a lot more jobs available and the economy is at its best ever, people are still leaving. It seems they are leaving to find adventure. They think Ireland is too small and too boring a place to spend the rest of your life in. I will be looking at two plays which deal with emigration. The first is "The Country Boy" and the second is "Philadelphia, Here I Come".In both plays, the writer shows that boys haven't got a very good relationship with their fathers. There is a lack of communication between the father and son, and although they seem to get on with each other, they aren't very close. Although, Curly seems to have a better relationship with his father than Gar has with his father. The reason for this is, although Curly and his father can't really agree on anything, they seem to talk more and communicate on some sort of level, whereas S.B and Gar have the exact same routine every single night. S.B comes in and says exactly the says and does the exact same thing and at one point, Private Gar is mocking him and predicting everything that he is about to say and do. Gar says;"OK, time for our nightly lesson of the English language."And after that, he proceeds to pre-empt everything that S.B says and does, and again mocks how S.B follows the same routine."The most obedient father I ever had."There is also the fact that the fathers basically control their son's lives and don't give them much independence. The fathers seem to treat them like children and not give them any important jobs to do. They can never seem to do anything good enough for their fathers. We see this as Gar says to S.B;"Because I'm twenty five and you treat me as if I were five.""I can't even order a dozen loaves without your say so."And we also see Curly saying;"What good is this to me? Workin' like a horse.....me father grumblin' and grousin' at me?"For both boys, there is also the promise of the family business, but it doesn't look like either of the two fathers are ready to hand over to their sons, and while Curly and Gar are both still working for their fathers, they will never have their independence. They will never have their own lives. They will never be free. We see the boy's desperate need for freedom as Curly says;"The place...the place? By the time I get the place, I'll be getting a pension.""I want to work for myself."Another reason why the fathers don't want to hand over the business may be because of mistrust. They may think that their sons would be incapable of carrying on the business. We see some mistrust in Gar's earlier comment about the loaves. We also see Tom describing his son as having;"Daft ideas in...

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