The Playboy of the Western World is a play about Christy Mahon, an Irishman who claims he killed his father. At Flaherty's tavern, he recounts the murder so skillfully that Flaherty and his daughter, Pegeen, are impressed. Pegeen abandons her betrothed, Shawn, for Christy and the town becomes infatuated with him. Eventually his father, only wounded, comes to the town and, to avoid ridicule, Christy tries again to kill him. The townsfolk this time try to punish him, but he and his father, again surviving, manage to leave the town.
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