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Historical Context in The Playboy of the Western World

Historical Context Examples in The Playboy of the Western World:

Act I.

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"or the mad Mulrannies were driven from California and they lost in their wits..."   (Act I.)

Possibly a reference to the California Gold Rush in 1849, which drew gold-seekers from all over the world, most of whom suffered greatly because of harsh conditions. They returned home broke and broken down after several years of fruitless searching.

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