• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How Does Friel Introduce And Present The Themes Of Language And Translation In The Opening Sequence Of The Play?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How Does Friel Introduce And Present The Themes Of Language And Translation In The Opening Sequence Of The Play? Throughout the opening sequence of Brian Friel's " Translations" the themes of language and translation occur frequently and in many different forms. The theme of language comes up in the very first few pages; we are introduced to many different levels of language from different characters. For example, Jimmy reading Greek stories to himself, Manus, who is fairly literate and knowledgeable and then Sarah who is trying to pronounce her name with the aid of Manus. She has a speech defect and has not been able to speak, she communicates via hand signals and "grunts". Sarah has this as her own language and on page 6 she communicates with Manus using this. She is trying to indicate where the master is. Her language requires trial and error and is not very specific thus taking numerous tries to find out where the master has gone and why he is so late. ...read more.

Middle

Many different forms of communicating appear in this play, as there is a different kind of relationship between each character and another. For example Maire seems to control the conversation between her and Manus whereas he seems patronising and slightly controlling towards Sarah. There are many different relationships like these throughout the first sequence. All the way through this first sequence there are different forms of language and translation presented to the audience. They come in many different varieties, some more subtly than others. At the top of page 26 we see Owen enter, we have not heard anything about him however the stage directions tell us a lot. From these directions we know that Owen is the younger son of Hugh, he is smartly dressed-a city man and that he has a charming personality. From the first line he speaks we know he has been away from Baile Beag as he is looking for Hugh and his hedge-school. However he is being sarcastic and is trying to make a big entrance by not knowing where the hedge-school is when he clearly does. ...read more.

Conclusion

Again he plays on their good nature by saying "May I Bring Them in?" To be polite they must say yes. By playing on their good nature he is controlling the conversation and getting his point across slowly without panicking his friends. After this Owen takes up his father's game he uses flattery to keep control of this game and his audience and to introduce his point slowly whilst not being direct in what is happening to Baile Beag. He uses flattery as one way of controlling the conversation, another is to play his fathers game. To me I feel that Owen is the elder son rather than Manus as he has left the village in search of work and money and is offering to go to the pub and get drunk with Hugh. Whereas Manus is left to go get the tea and bread, more like a servant than a son. Hugh definitely has more respect for Owen than Manus and this is clearly shown, as Hugh get very emotional on the arrival of Owen. Owen I feel is manipulative in his character and needs to be the centre of attention all of the time. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Brian Friel section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Brian Friel essays

  1. There are some dramatic devices and techniques that Friel uses to illuminate the play's ...

    Also when Yolland says 'I- mean- I feel so cut off from people here.' It could also illuminate the theme of failure of communication because the Irish and the English have many difficulties in communicating with each other. The differences of the Irish and the English can be resolved by celebrating what they love about each other's culture.

  2. The language used in 'Blood Wedding'

    During Act Three, Scene two the Beggar Woman converses in song "Their eyes broken flowers, and their teeth Two fistfuls of frozen snow. Both of them fell, and the Bride comes back, Her skirt and her hair stained with their blood," (pg58)

  1. Language in "Our Country's Good" by Timberlake Wertenbaker

    Ralph holds a strong passion for what he describes as the "wonderful" play, he even goes to the extent of saying to Phillip "I will lay down my life if I have to Sir," This passion is also reflected in Ralph speaking up in front of all the officers.

  2. Compare the presentation of the colonial situation in 'A Passage to India' and 'Translations', ...

    In a similar way, one could thus support the view that the desire of the English 'to make a map' is itself a microcosm England's desire to colonise Ireland. Therefore, Friel uses this to represent how the roots of the Irish culture are destroyed, through the destruction of Ireland's place names.

  1. How does the language and structure used in the play Flowers for Algernon help ...

    This misspelling of the word has two main effects, the main one referring to Charlie's low IQ. The other effect is that it shows that Charlie cannot conceptualize because he takes things very literally. When Charlie first meets Bert he is polite and courteous.

  2. How does Friel present the duality at the heart of the character O(TM)Neill in ...

    Lombard is an important political figure and has been waiting for O'Neill for four days. This emphasises his authoritative, demanding and important role as a highly regarded figure in Ireland. He 'always speaks with an upper class English accent' except on the occasions where he is becoming more expressive in

  1. What do you find of significance in Friel's presentation of the world of the ...

    and it is therefore inevitable that she will never get far in life. A character that tries to escape the hedge-school, is Maire. Maire is a key character that is involved in the only scene that takes place outside the hedge-school.

  2. How does the opening sequence to Translations prepare the audience for what is to ...

    Additionally the nature of the conversation held between the people of the hedge-school is very relaxed and friendly yet rough in some regards, most clearly shown from Manus? remark that Sarah?s speaking is ?Marvellous! Bloody Marvellous!? This comment acts as a good representation of the supportive yet crude nature of

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work