The Wind That Shakes The Barley Character Analysis

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The representation of nationalism and the trope of blood sacrifice can be obviously seen in both The Wind That Shakes the Barley and The Plough and the Stars. Both the film and play have a strong sense of Irish pride running through them. The main characters in both plays are extremely nationalist and all they want is an Ireland free from British rule. In this essay I will compare and contrast the representation of nationalism and the trope of blood sacrifice in both plays. I will begin with The Wind That Shakes the Barley. The Wind That Shakes the Barley is set during the Irish war of Independence. The film opens with a scene based in Co. Cork, where a young Irish man named Damien is planning on leaving Ireland for a better life in England. He hopes to move to London to study medicine and become a doctor. Damien realises that there is a lot of conflict and fighting set around him but he has his mind set on leaving this troubled isle and moving to London. In contrast his brother Teddy is the total opposite. Teddy is a leader of an Irish guerilla warfare gang, a flying column of the Irish Republican Army. Teddy will not stand back and let Ireland be…show more content…
The Plough and the Stars is undoubtedly one of the more controversial plays to have been produced by The Abbey Theatre. Never before had people seen a prostitute on stage or an Irish flag in a public house. O’Casey believed that the Irish people had to deal with the poverty which was prominent throughout Ireland at the time before they could ever hope of winning independence. In The Plough and the Stars, O’Casey introduces us to a group of tenement inhabitants. These residents overshadow the dream of national independence in the play and O’Casey seems to always convey his views on nationality versus humanity through the
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