Guests of the Nation Essay

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  • Guests of the Nation

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    Natural Empathy: Duty and Responsibility in "Guests of the Nation" Frank O'Connor uses character surnames in his story "Guests of the Nation" to help develop the characters of the English and Irish soldiers. The characters engage in a struggle between hidden powers of empathy and duty, and O'Connor displays their first-person point of view about the irony of war similar to Thomas Hardy's poem, "The Man He Killed": Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down You'd treat if met

  • Guests of the Nation

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    Guests of the Nation From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Guests of the Nation" is a short story written by Frank O'Connor, first published in 1931, portraying the execution of two Englishmen held captive by the Irish Republican Army during the War for Independence. The story is split into four sections, each section taking a different tone. The first reveals a real sense of camaraderie between the English prisoners, with the two Englishmen being killed, and the final lines of the story describe

  • Guests of the Nation

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    “Guests of the Nation” by Frank O’Connor “Guests of the Nation” is a story that takes place in Ireland during The War of Independence. It’s about a friendship between three Irish men and two English men. The three Irish men, Bonaparte, Noble and Jeremiah are holding the two Englishmen Belcher and Hawkins as hostages. During that time a bond of friendship begins to grow which is very unusual giving the situation they are in. They play cards together, joke with each other and they even discuss

  • Guests Of The Nation Analysis

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    Frank O’Connor’s “Guest of the Nation” is a story about the pull between a man’s duty to his nation and his loyalty to his friends. The Irish guards are forced to choose between their duty of shooting their English “hostages” (O’Connor 89), or maintain their loyalty to their friends. Bonaparte, Noble, and Donovan are put in charge of guarding Hawkins and Belcher, as the story progresses the men leave behind the traditional soldier and hostage relationship and, a bond of friendship and loyalty forms

  • Guests Of The Nation Duty

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    that seems to vary among these men is their sense of duty. In Frank O’Connor’s “Guests of the Nation,” three Irish soldiers form an unlikely friendship with their British prisoners of war. However, things take a turn when they are given orders to execute their new-found friends. When the order reaches the men, the three of them interpret their new duty in various ways. Through the orders of execution, “Guests of the Nation” emphasizes how people react to a sense of duty in varied ways from embracing

  • Analysis Of Guests Of The Nation

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    Kathleen Meserve Mr. Dalvet AP Literature and Composition 10 / 25 / 2017 CREATIVE TITLE Frank O’Connor’s “Guests of the Nation” is an ironic and tragic short story of two Englishmen who are held captive as collateral during the Irish War of Independence. Belcher and Hawkins are friendly hostages - they frequently argue, play cards, and discuss politics and religion with their Irish captors, Bonaparte and Noble. They behave as if they are unaware of the armed conflict that surrounds them. The shooting

  • Frank O'Connor's Guests of the Nation

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    In Frank O’Connor’s “Guests of the Nation,” the narrator, called Bonaparte by his fellow rebels, recounts his reluctant role in the execution of two English soldiers in retaliation for the slaughter of four Irish rebels. O'Connor develops this conflict between revolutionary attitudes in the strained relationship between the narrator and Jeremiah Donovan, the experienced rebel, who has the responsibility for fulfilling the Second Battalion’s order to shoot the prisoners. The young revolutionary Bonaparte

  • Guest Of Nation By Frank O Connor

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    Student’s name Professor Course Date “Guest of Nation” –The imprisoned Guest The short story portrays how two Englishmen who were held by the Irish Republic Army as captives. This story is divided into four sections; every section addresses a different tone. In the first paragraph of the story ‘Guest of Nation’ captors become friends and the lines of duty, humanitarianism and sympathy are blurred. However, even though these lines become blurred in the end hostages remain hostages

  • Essay about Irony in Guests of the Nation

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    Irony in Guests of the Nation      In the short story, "Guests of the Nation," Frank O'Connor uses irony to illustrate the conflict which men face when their roles as combatants force them to disregard the humanity of their enemies. In both life and literature, irony exists when there is a contrast between expectation and reality. Verbal irony is defined as "a figure of speech in which the actual intent is expressed in words which carry the opposite meaning" (Thrall 248). In dramatic

  • Duty and Responsibility in Guests Of The Nation Essay

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    Natural Empathy: Duty and Responsibility in "Guests of the Nation" Frank O'Connor uses character surnames in his story "Guests of the Nation" to help develop the characters of the English and Irish soldiers. The characters engage in a struggle between hidden powers of empathy and duty, and O'Connor displays their first-person point of view about the irony of war similar to Thomas Hardy's poem, "The Man He Killed": Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down You'd treat if met

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