Translations: themes

ACTIVITIES DESIGNED TO ENHANCE YOUR  UNDERSTANDING OF SOME OF THE PLAY’S THEMES

A.      Briefly List:

  1. Thosepeople who are associated with particular places.
  2. Any events which are associated with places.
  3. The meanings of any place names and/or their translation.
  4. The significance ofpeople’s names.

B.      Find examples or short quotes for:

  1.  A secret, private core, privacies, being accepted etc regarding speaking another language.
  2. Attitude to the Irish language.
  3. Origins of the Irish language.
  4. The value of classical languages.
  5. Different attitudes to English.
  6. The power and other qualities of particular languages.
  7. The need for language change.
  8. The effect of language change.
  9. The link between language and identity.

C.      Context:

Read History, Language and the Post-colonial question in Brian Friel’s Translations

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