Brian Friel

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Daniel O’Connell Term Analysis

A nineteen-century Irish nationalist and political leader known as “The Liberator.” Maire invokes his name when demanding that Hugh teach his students English, saying that O’Connell declared the Irish language “a barrier to modern progress.”

Daniel O’Connell Quotes in Translations

The Translations quotes below are all either spoken by Daniel O’Connell or refer to Daniel O’Connell. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Translations published in 1995.
Act 1 Quotes

Maire: I'm talking about the Liberator, Master, as you well know. And what he said was this: “The old language is a barrier to modern progress.” He said that last month. And he's right. I don’t want Greek. I don't want Latin. I want English.

Manus reappears on the platform above.

I want to be able to speak English because I'm going to America as soon as the harvest's all saved.

Related Characters: Maire Chatach (speaker), Manus, Hugh
Page Number: 24-25
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Daniel O’Connell Term Timeline in Translations

The timeline below shows where the term Daniel O’Connell appears in Translations. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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...her feet and asserts they should all be learning English. She says that the “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell called Irish a “barrier to modern progress,” and Maire agrees that it is far more... (full context)