Brian Friel Essays

  • Weel's Conflict And Conflicts In Translations By Brian Friel

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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

  • The Importance of Harry Hoveden in Making History

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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

  • How Friel Involves his Audience in the Conflict Between Coloniser and Colonised in his Play Translations

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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

  • Brian Friel's "Translations"

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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

  • Translations By Brian Friel Analysis

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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

  • Field Day Group and Women Victimization

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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

  • How Does Dancing At Lughnasa Symbolism

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    In Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, he uses symbolism to show the theme that dance brings an intensifying atmosphere through paganism and freedom. Friel symbolizes dance’s intensifying atmosphere through the threat of paganism. Friel’s scene of atheism is described as, “'Finally Kate, who has been watching the scene with unease, with alarm, suddenly leaps to her feet, flings her head back, and emits a loud 'Yaaaah'. Kate dances alone totally concentrated, totally private; a movement that is simultaneously

  • 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

  • Artistic Voice

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    Sandra Cisneros wrote a novel called The House on Mango Street that contained a different setup than most novels. It was written in fragments and the language was straightforward. Cisneros focuses on the importance of freethinking and home. Brian Friel, an author who focuses on Irish issues and concerns, wrote a play, "Dancing at Lughnasa." Denise Levertov chose to write about things that were not readily seen by others. She wrote her poems in free verse and she paced her writing to lead to

  • The Love Scene between George and Maire from Translations

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    George’s life. As the scene acts as a microcosm of the play’s messages, Friel displays the themes of translation, cultural differences and conflict of interests all in one scene. As a result, I think that this is a very important, if not the most important scene of the entire play, as the scenes before all build up to this moment, and the later events preceding it are all results of George and Maire’s union. Brian Friel has also managed to keep the audience interested by using tension, pace

  • Compare the Sucesses and Failures of Patriarchy in Colonialism

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    which O was dangling, and they stopped dead. 4. Prospero’s chauvinistic treatment of Miranda Bibliography • Chinua Achebe • Loreto Tod • Michael de Montaigne – on cannibals • Bach - 392 • The Tempest Arden Shakespeare Vaughn • Translations Brian Friel • Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe • Vaughn

  • Modern Drama

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    hostile society. Ibsen's sympathy with the feminine cause has been praised and criticized; as he requires the audience to judge the words and actions of the characters in order to reassess the values. For another example we can look within the text of Brian Friel’s play Translations. In this play we can see most, if not all of the characteristics of Realism. Let us dissect the show through the characters and touch on Friel’s usage of symbolism, character development, stage setting and storyline to see

  • Hugh O'Neill as the Tragic Hero of Making History

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    In Making History Hugh O'Neill was a well-liked character who also proved himself not only a good man, but intelligent and sensible. He inspires a large amount of sympathy in the audience. O?Neill had been fighting, backed by the Irish population, for Spain's support to rid themselves of the English for many years. When the Spanish finally agreed to help and announced they will land at Kinsale, a large distance from them, O?Neill at once spots the difficulties, ?Kinsale is out of the question. If

  • What is the role of Owen in Translations?

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    What is the role of Owen in Translations? One of the first things Owen says on returning to Baile Beg is “I can’t believe it. I come back after six years and everything’s just as it was! Nothing’s changed!” It is really Owen who has changed into a different person after his time away from Baile Beg. His primary role in the play is that of a translator for the visiting English, but within his role of translator he is also vital to the play as his presence allows relationships between the

  • Explore Shelley’s presentation of the impact of the Creature in the light

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    Explore Shelley’s presentation of the impact of the Creature in the light of this comment. The Creature is described as ‘ a fiend of unparalleled barbarity’, yet many modern readers may sympathise with him. Explore Shelley’s presentation of the impact of the Creature in the light of this comment. It is my view, that the Creature may be seen from two main perspectives, on the one hand he may be seen as a “Monster”, “a fiend of unparalleled barbarity” and on the other he may be seen as

  • The Historical and Colonial Context of Brian Friel’s Translations

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    The Historical and Colonial Context of Brian Friel’s Translations Regarded by many as Brian Friel’s theatrical masterpiece, Seamus Deane described Translations as “a sequence of events in history which are transformed by his writing into a parable of events in the present day” (Introduction 22). The play was first produced in Derry in 1980. It was the first production by Field Day, a cultural arts group founded by Friel and the actor Stephen Rea, and associated with Deane, Seamus Heaney and Tom

  • History, Language and Post-colonial Issues in Brian Friel’s Translations

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    History, Language and Post-colonial Issues in Brian Friel’s Translations Owen: Back to first principles. What are we trying to do? Yolland: Good question. Owen: We are trying to denominate and at the same time describe . . . ” Dun na nGall or Donegal? Muineachain or Monaghan? Same place, same difference? As Owen says about his own name: “Owen - Roland - what the hell. It’s only a name.” ( Translations ) For the student of post-colonial literature, what transpires in Friel’s play as the British

  • Emma's Dilemma

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    Emma's Dilemma The Problem: Emma is playing with arrangements of the letters of her name. One arrangement is EMMA A different arrangement is MEAM Another arrangement is AEMM Experiment: ----------- For my investigation I have been asked to work out the number of different arrangements of the letters from the name Emma. ---------------------------------------------------------------- EMMA AMEM EMAM AMME --------- EAMM MEMA MMEA MMAE MAME


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    EASY ON THE RELISH The two characters I have chosen to write about, apart from Tofler, are Ray and Brian. The reason for my choice is that both of these characters play a large and significant part in the play, particularly Ray. They compliment each other because, Brian is serious, whereas Ray is carefree and has a sense of humor. RAY is 18 years of age and was a butcher’s apprentice, until he lost his job. He is a cockney, fairly well built and a jack-the-lad type of character, who no

  • Best Friend Poetry

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    Not There I stare at you across the room I see your warming face I try to see the inside you hide Your feelings I try to embrace I realize as I look at you As I just sit and stare I can see you perfectly clear But for some reason you're not there I see your eyes, I see your face But yet I can not see Your loving inside that you had I can't see your personality I realize how much that you have changed How you don't seem to care I stare at you across the room But yet you are not there I knew someday