She explains that she is disappointed in rose for

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she stop. She explains that she is disappointed in Rose for mentioning such savages in her home. Another example is when Rose sneaks off to meet her lover. When she arrives back at the house it is clear she does not want to discuss what happened. The other sisters are content knowing she is home and safe but Kate is not. As the self-declared master of the house she feels it is her responsibility to discover where Rose went. She pushes her for information and eventually learns the truth, but is distressed at her loss of control over Rose. Despite her attempt for complete control Kate, like Gabriel, must suffer numerous instances of her control being defied. Dancing and music are obviously large parts of the play, they represent freedom and the little happiness that the sisters are able to extract from their lives. As such Kate is often against music or dancing, as we saw earlier she banned the family from attending the dance at the festival of Lughnasa. However, there is a part where all the women relinquish all control and join each other in exuberant dance. Kate resists at first, but even she is overwhelmed and joins in the fun. This is the exception of course and as soon as the radio stops the sisters resume their old roles. Almost immediately after the bout of dancing Kate is reprimanding the other sisters for their language, re- affirming her role and control of the family. Both “The Dead” and Dancing at Lughnasa feature main characters that feel a compulsion to control those around them. Both are at times defied and forced to deal with the repercussions of this defiance. Both realize their controlling natures, at least momentarily, Gabriel in his epiphany at the end, and Kate when she states, “She's right: I am a righteous bitch, aren’t I?”, as well as her acceptance of
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Jack's more eccentric lifestyle. These characters may seem like dominating figures but their controlling natures play essential roles in the lives of those that they touch, and for better or worse they love them for it.
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