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    At first glance, one would not imagine the Donnelly twins to play an important role in the play Translations by Brian Friel. However, after taking a closer look, it becomes apparent that this work would be much less meaningful if these characters were not presented. Although they never physically appear, their actions spark the conflict between the English and the Irish, as well as causing the main problem in the storyline to emerge. The first time we hear of the Donnelly twins is when Manus asks

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    The Importance of Harry Hoveden in Making History In making history, Brian Friel uses Hugh O’Neill to define the characters in the play, and the way in which his actions affect them gives the audience some characteristics to decide on the personality of particular characters. Harry Hoveden is obviously an important character in the play because he plays a major part in the play, and appears in most of the major scenes. It is also clear that he is important to O’Neill because he is often

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    malfunctions. This chant is an extension of Jimmy, and it is therefore his message. Where Keneally is able to flesh out a complex main character with intense actions and conflicting inner monologues in his novel, Brian Friel is restricted to the format of a play in Translations. Using this medium, Friel must elaborate different emotions through different characters, many of whom have attributes similar to Jimmy Blacksmith. At their core, both stories are fictionalized accounts of true events. British imperialism

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    How Friel Involves his Audience in the Conflict Between Coloniser and Colonised in his Play Translations The play 'translations' by Brian Friel is set in Ireland in 1833. During this time, the area was undergoing colonisation by the English and the play represents a microcosm of the events occurring all over the nation at the time. The consequence of this colonisation was inevitably that the Gaelic language native to Ireland was eventually lost and replaced by English. Friel develops a

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    Brian Friel's "Translations" 'Translations', by Brian Friel, presents us with an idyllic rural community turned on its head as the result of the recording and translation of place names into English; an action which is at first sight purely administrative. In Act 1 of the play, Friel brings together the inhabitants of this quaint Irish village in what can only be described as a gathering of minds - minds which study the classics, yet minds which study dead languages. In the same way, while

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    people can understand and which when they understand it may make the people happy." Unfortunately, it is my opinion that Translations by Brian Friel, does not meet or adhere to these basic tenets. Although Friel does depict situations which are understandable by the common plebian, his mode of presentation as a playwright lacks clarity. I believe that had Mr. Friel observed Castelvetro's beliefs on a well written play, his product may have been easier to understand, and therefore more enjoyable

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    The Power of Language in “Translations” by Brain Friel Brian Friel, “Translations” emphasizes the powerful way language impacts people, their identity and culture in a small rural town of Baile Beag, Ireland. Friel connects language to social and political issues that are invading Ireland by the British, exposing the unbridgeable gap between the two different cultures; also he uses symbolism and two distinctly different dialects. The narration of the story has two distinctly different dialects

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    women and topics of women, sexuality and gender are absent in most literary discourse. Female writers are also marginalized since “of over 300 writers included covering 1500 years, only 39 are women” (162). Onkey also believes Translations by Brian Friel – Field Day’s first theatrical production – has been misunderstood by most critics to be largely about colonialism and nationalism. Critics rarely mention about women’s issues which are essential in the play. Onkey disagrees with most critics who

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    According to Seamus Deane, Translations is a play about the tragedy of English Imperialism. How far would you agree with this statement in relation to both Translations and Heart of Darkness? INTRO Although the location, language and structure of Brian Friel's Translations differs unmistakably from that of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the topic of colonisation remains central to both. While the supposed sophistication of 'civilised' colonists is deconstructed in Conrad's novella to reveal

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    Conflict In Irish Drama

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    of conflict and Disappointment from feelings of, and suppressed violence and disappointment. This is expressed through a style of heightened realism in both The Beauty Queen of Leenane (BQOL) by Martin McDonagh and Dancing at Lughnasa (DAL) by Brian Friel. In BQOL, cold-hearted violence is shown by close proximities of the characters on stage emphasising facing conflict that leads directly to the characters judgements. While In DAL, tension and violent outbursts arise from characters’ conflicting

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