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Topics in Irish Literature

An Analysis of the Play Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde
Lady Windermere’s Fan Analysis In the except from the 1982 play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde reveals the values of his characters, their high regard for reputation, and the insincere, trivial nature of their society through the interactions of the character’s, especially their dialogue. Despite having different s...
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The Importance of Having Good Parents and the Reality That Alcohol Does Not Solve Problems in Angela's Ashes, a Novel by Frank McCourt
Angela's Ashes Essay Angela's Ashes is a novel which is memoir by author Frank McCourt,
and tells the story of his childhood in Brooklyn and Ireland. This novel
has won the Pulitzer's Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1996. After
reading the plot summary of Angela's Ashes, I have learned the importance
of havin...
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Modernist Poetry in A Dream of Death and The Song of the Old Mother by William Butler Yeats
Modernist Poetry Modernist Literature was predominately an English genre of fiction writing. New technology and the events of both World Wars, mainly World War I, made many people question the future of humanity. William Butler Yeats started out as a late Romantic poet but later became a modernist poet. Modernist poetr...
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The Description of Ireland in September 1913, a Poem by W. B. Yeats
Explore the presentation of Ireland in ‘September 1913’ September 1913 is a poem about the death of the Romantic Ireland and Yeates disappointment in the loss of it. Through the imagery of death and sorrow, it explores the mourning of the old Ireland and the death of the people who stood up for it as well as the accusa...
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An Analysis of the Characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray, a Novel by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray Characters Dorian Gray At the opening of the novel, Dorian Gray exists as something of an ideal: he is the archetype of male youth and beauty. As such, he captures the imagination of Basil Hallward, a painter, and Lord Henry Wotton, a nobleman who imagines fashioning the impressionable Dorian i...
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The Development of Complex Character Through the Cautious Utilization of Language in Belinda, a Novel by Maria Edgeworth
Few and far between have not seen themselves in the brightest light at one point or another, Clarence Hervery is the star of his spotlight day and night for, in his mind he “could be all things to all men-and to all women.” In Maria Edgeworth’s novel Belinda, Mr. Hervery is a complex character that is developed through the...
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The Influence of Lord Henry on the Soul of Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray, a Novel by Oscar Wilde
Lord Henry's Guide to Soul Take-Over Peer pressure is denounced in schools nation-wide, children are told to not just do what others tell them, to be themselves. In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry influences Dorian Gray for the pleasure of it as he has done to many others (17), but the statement: “...
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The Concept of Politeness and Honesty in The Importance of Being Earnest, a Play by Oscar Wilde
Omnipresent The values and trends of society portrayed in the Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde are not perished. Several, both explicitly and subtly presented , themes in the novel are still noticed and are palpably found in the contemporary society. Oscar Wilde managed to humorously portrayed even the paradox...
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An Analysis of Seamus Heaney's Poem Mid-term Break
An Analysis of Mid-term Break In the almost surrealistic poem, “Mid-term Break,” Seamus Heaney puts to use startling contrasts and concise, intentionally bland diction to portray a tone of emotionless detachment in the face of a family member’s death. Throughout the poem, the speaker gradually reveals more about the situ...
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Comfort Versus Risk and the Role of Women in Eveline by James Joyce
The Sacred Heart, The Human Heart, and the Unassailable Chasm Between What happens to a dream deferred? According to James Joyce, perhaps nothing. Illustrated in his short story Eveline, this Dublin-born author both poses and responds to the age old-question of comfort versus risk. In a time of upheaval throughout the con...
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Conflicts and Relationships in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Conflicts and Relationships The Roman statesman Lucious Annaeus Seneca once stated that “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” This quote does not only apply to the Roman era; it can be applied to every century and to every aspect of life. It is friendship that has g...
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Authentic Irish Identity in the Powerful Text Cathleen Ni Houlihan by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory
In an interview with Sean O Cuirreain, Ireland's first language
commissioner, he says, "We have two simple choices - to look back at Irish
as our lost language or forward with it as a core part of our heritage and
sovereignty" (Mclntyre). Most of the texts that were read this semester
illustrate the struggle of keeping one'...
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The Influence of Lord Henry on Dorian's Search for His Secret Soul in The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
"He would be able to follow his mind into its secret places". To what extent do you agree/disagree that Lord Henry has influenced Dorian to seek his secret soul. Could Lord Henry have been the one who showed him the doors of his mind which led into his secret and untouched place? Or was he actually the architect and the...
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An Analysis of the Character's Influence in the Picture of Dorian Gray, a Novel by Oscar Wilde
Influences and Impact in The Picture of Dorian Gray "...To influence a person is to give him a piece of one's soul. He
doesn not think with his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural
passions... He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part
that has not been written for him..." (Wilde, 18). Os...
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The Challenges of Frank in Angela's Ashes, a Book by Frank McCourt
In the story Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Frank, the protagonist, faces many challenges throughout his life. His decisions factor the outcomes in both good ways and bad ways. One choice he made was when he decided to stand up for his mother against his father. Another was when he decided not to let anyone belittle him b...
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The Theme of Hypocrisy in the Importance of Being Earnest, a Play by Oscar Wilde
The Hypocrisy of the Upper Class in Victorian Society A major theme in The Importance of Being Earnest is the hypocritical tendencies displayed throughout Upper-Class Victorian Society. Wilde's witty writing style is used to expose these tendencies through his use of epigrams and paradoxical situations. Many quotes and s...
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The Lessons of the past in the Rising of the Moon, a Play by Lady Gregory
Tapping into a person’s past can truly reveal their morals and beliefs. While talking to the Sergeant, the Ragged Man is able to understand that the sergeant has a rebellious side of him that goes back to his younger self, a part of the sergeant understood what he was fighting for, which allowed the ragged man to connect to...
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The Theme of Appearance in The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Have you ever judged a book by it's cover? The Monster and Dorian are incredibly similar to each other, and it shows that, though, in appearance, they are opposite, their fate and evil behavior is significantly the same. In the two novels, they commit murder that brings out the nasty side of them. The book influences the w...
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An Analysis of Life and Marriage in Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde
It’s a curious thing, Duchess, about the game of marriage-a game, by the way that is going out of fashion-the wives hold all the honors and invariably loose the odd trick.” In the Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde, life is just a series of socials and party, nothing matters more than your status and popularity. Lady Wind...
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The Mechanisms of the Fairy to Coax the Child from His Home in the Poem The Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats
The Stolen Child In 1886, William Butler Yeats constructed the timeless piece called
The Stolen Child. This piece is based on an Irish legend about faeries
taking children. Yeats wrote this poem during a time when the Celtic
Revival was a very important movement for Ireland. In this essay, I will
explore the mechanis...
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A Reflection on the Effects of Humor in Waiting for Godot, a Play by Samuel Beckett
After the second group presented, my understanding of the humor in the play had become much greater. Both Estragon and Vladimir portrayed types of humor that are classified as dark humor, as well as that, they also partook in vaudeville comedy. Dark humor is most notable between the two, It's considered a dark humor because...
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An Analysis of the Character of Marie in Translations, a Play by the Irish Playwright Brian Friel
Maire is a “strong minded, strong-bodied woman in her twenties.” It seems that she is a very good example of a woman who is determined and extremely ambitious, especially in a time where the story was written. During those time, women were not so extrovert an open. But Maire is someone who is bringing a change to this situa...
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Friendship, Hate, and Loyalty in the Novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a story about friendship, hate, and
loyalty. It shows a powerful relationship between two boys, one being
German and the other being Jewish. This relates to the Jewish Holocaust and
WW2 because the story takes place in Nazi Germany. After reading this novel
and doing a book report on it, I...
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A Critical Analysis of Gulliver's Travels, a Book by Jonathan Swift
In 1726, Jonathan Swift wrote the book Gulliver’s Travels. In the first part of the book, chapters one through eight, Gulliver spends his time on the island of Lilliput after his shipwreck. The people of Lilliput are miniature, all of them less than six inches tall. The Lilliputians take Gulliver in with seemingly no intent...
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The Use of History in Digging and Requiem for the Croppies, Two Poems by Seamus Heaney
Poetry Essay History is sometimes used to determine the future, because the analysis of the past can help to prevent, continue, or improve events that could reoccur. Author usually make a historical connection to their novels to inform the readers, and give the people a better understanding of the time period. Se...
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