Tragedy of the inadvertent involvement in war of a poet and a peddler, set in Dublin in 1920 during the guerrilla warfare between the insurgent Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the British forces. The peddler, Seumas Shields, takes into his tenement quarters Donal Davoren, a struggling, self-proclaimed poet whom the neighbours mistake for a brave IRA fighter. Davoren enjoys his new-found notoriety, especially when Minnie Powell falls in love with the image of him as the romantic poet-gunman. Meanwhile, a real patriot, Shields's friend Maguire, secretly hides a bagful of homemade bombs in the unsuspecting Shields's room and then goes off to an ambush that proves fatal. Afterward, during the resulting curfew, the Auxiliary Guard descends on the tenement. Having discovered Maguire's bombs, both Shields and Davoren panic, but Minnie retrieves the bag and hides it in her room. As a result, she is arrested and in trying to escape is shot to death. It is the shock of Minnie's death that reveals to Davoren his cowardly self-deception and the fact that he is really only a "shadow" of a gunman.
Original title: The Shadow of a Gunman
Genre: Drama and Plays→ Irish
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Three Dublin Plays (2000) [Collection]
Author: Sean O'Casey