For further consideration

– Is fairy tale a misleading description of The Beauty Queen of Leenane? Is there a moral to the story?

– How is the mother/daughter relationship in Beauty Queen similar or different to those often found in fairy tales?

– Are Mag and Maureen comic or tragic characters? Are they sympathetic characters? Who do you sympathize with more at the beginning of the play? At the end?

– Do you think Martin McDonagh writes realistic or extreme characters? Why do you think he would write his characters this way?

– Who has the power in this play?