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  1. Write a critical appreciation of the passage pages 52-56 paying particular attention to Friels exploration of the importance of naming and identity.

    When asked her name by Owen, Sarah says"Sarah Johnny Sally", providing her parents name along with her own- Owen from there is able to place her:"Of course! From Bun na hAbhann!" and completes her identification. He responds in return with his own identity: "I'm Owen- Owen Hugh Mor. From Baile Beag." (32) Irish names in in the play quickly become associated not only with identification of an entity, but also with the history associated with that identity through family and society.

    • Word count: 1148
  2. Compare William Makepeace Thackeray's 'The Due of the Dead' and Sir Henry Newbolt's 'Vitai Lampada' in terms of their effectiveness of form, structure, language and context.

    Thackeray presents the central message of 'The Due of the Dead' effectively through the division of the poem into four distinct sections from the safe, interior home environment 'with curtains drawn, and lamp trimmed bright' in lines 1-4, through the heart-rending bombardment of the atrocities and horrors of war in lines 5-8 and the references to courage and honour in lines 9-12, to the culminant address to his readers' sense of obligation to 'these brave men' who have met 'a soldier's doom', in the final verses.

    • Word count: 1137
  3. How does Owen change his affiliations in "Translations"? Discuss his role as translator and 'go-between'.

    Owen is a successful businessman whose job is to translate for the English and turn Irish place names into English. At first he is keen to get the job done and although his partner in the job Yolland is having second thoughts Owen dismisses his opinions. Yolland realises that the tradition of place names is important but Owen chooses not to believe this and tries to justify his actions by saying that most of the community have forgotten the tradition and therefore there is no point in keeping it alive.

    • Word count: 1096
  4. Evolution of Man?

    The entire first stanza makes the reader feel time lapse. The first line starts with a reference to evolution. When man was caveman he used to use stone, then he evolved to bronze and lastly moved on to steel. The persona is talking about Ancient to Modern times. This first line is a reference to historical development. The next two lines make Good 2 the reader feel the time duration. "Two revolutions of the wheel, from Java to Geneva run."

    • Word count: 1100
  5. Manus and Owen: two contrasting fortunes. How do their attitudes and fortunes change?

    The use of "lame scholar" in Act III, however, is said to draw attention to his pain and suffering. He believes that this makes him less attractive in Maire's eyes. The word "lame" is not used purely in a literal sense. It also carries with it metaphorical meanings. Manus is treated like a slave by Hugh, but feels he cannot apply for the same job as his father, perhaps because he considers him too much competition. Doing this only cripples Manus, as he is restraining himself.

    • Word count: 1948
  6. TMA 1 Read Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est then answer the following questions.

    Identify and list in note form three of the techniques used in these lines. Simile Metaphor Onomatopoeia (b) Comment in complete sentences on what the effects of the three techniques you have identified might be. The use of similes such as ?like old beggars? implies the war has robbed the soldiers of their dignity and reduced them to vagabonds without honour or respectability. ?Coughing like hags? is used to revolt and disturb the reader, it illustrates the soldiers as diseased and grotesque but it also suggests the war has aged them prematurely and these men are as fragile as old women.

    • Word count: 1133

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