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    Characters in the play Translations.

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    However as the play precedes the audiences sees Sarah's developing individuality through her gestures, dress and actions. The name Sarah, maybe deliberately chose by Friel, refers to the Hebrew Sarah - mother of the nation, in this play's case the nation being Ireland. She is not just a mute village folk but also a representation of Ireland as a silenced voice, as it is a nation that does not speak the language of the colonisers. 'You were lovely last night, Sarah is that the dress you got from Boston, Green suits you."

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    Account for the popularity of the play 'Translations' by Brian Friel.

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    These political troubles echoed those of Irelands past when the divide between the protestant landlords and the Catholics who worked the land and were heavily taxed, like the occupants of Baile Beag in 1833, for this reason the play would have been of interest to audiences in the 1980's as a historic background to the current events. But the play was not historically correct although it was based loosely around historic fact there were major deviances for which the play was criticised.

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    This is clearly visible when both O'Donnell and Archbishop Lombard both contest for his attention when they visited. Both of them seemed to try to make it look like O'Neill taking sides with either of them was good for Ireland. In this case he was being projected by Brian Friel as the prominent Irish figure. There is also the part where he's portrayed as confused and distorted between the two cultures. His culture conflict is highlighted in Act 1 pg 34 when he shows how shaky his belief is about the 'overall thing'. It showed the side of O'Neill that still had a soft spot for the English.

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  4. What is the importance of Harry Hoveden

    Harry is presented as a very loyal and sober character by, he serves to balance out some of the other characters almost like a buffer. His calm nature in times of distress or excitement contrasts with the brash and aloof persona's of other characters like O'Neill. As well as stabilizing the mood in the play as presented, if the play was reality, he would act as a soothing and calming presence to help particularly O'Neill. There is a direct link to his calmness and soothing nature in the comparison of him to dill.

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