Ownership and wealth

Issues of ownership are present throughout the play:

  • in the songs sung by characters
  • in their monologues and dialogues
  • in stage directions describing their actions
  • in the historical accounts which frame the narrative

As the play draws to a close, M.C.3 poses the question:

Who owns the land?

Throughout the play McGrath argues that wealthy capitalists own and run Scotland.

Each sub-section of the play provides evidence to support the argument that wealthy landowners have had a corrosive – rather than a positive – effect on the Highlands. In particular the play puts forward that they have played a significant role in:

  • depopulation of the Highlands
  • erosion of Gaelic culture
  • erosion of the Gaelic language