2014 Exam Question on Yeats

Yeats uses evocative language to create poetry that includes both personal reflection and public commentary. Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to both the themes and language found in the poetry of W.B. Yeats. W.B. Yeats is one of Ireland’s most cherished poets and is known throughout the literary world for his evocativeContinue reading “2014 Exam Question on Yeats”

Episode III-Final Goodbye to S.B.

The scene begins with S.B. in the scullery making a cup of tea and it is clear that he is unable to sleep. As he goes to sit down, he touches Gar’s coat that sits on the top of his case and he glances towards his room door. This highlights the emotional side of S.B.Continue reading “Episode III-Final Goodbye to S.B.”

Episode III-The Memory of Fishing with S.B.

At the beginning of the act, Gar, S.B. and Madge are saying the rosary but it clear that Gar is not paying attention as Madge has to punch him to remind him that it is his decade. Private is in full flight, fantasising about life in America, while Public continues with the prayers. While reminiscingContinue reading “Episode III-The Memory of Fishing with S.B.”

Episode II-Saying Goodbye to ‘The Boys’

Gar goes off the see ‘the boys’ and Madge makes it clear that she does not like them when she criticises the fact that they have not made the effort to come see him on his last night. She also makes fun of them by asking how many of them are on the pension. WhenContinue reading “Episode II-Saying Goodbye to ‘The Boys’”

Act 2 Othello Summary

The act begins with news of a huge storm that has destroyed the Turkish fleet and that the war is already over. One of the gentlemen tells the others that Michael Cassio has arrived in Cyprus but that Othello is still at sea as they were separated. Iago criticises women in this scene to bothContinue reading “Act 2 Othello Summary”

Episode II-The Flashback with Aunt Lizzy

The act begins with Public lying on the bed and Private on a seat beside him. Gar is trying to keep busy to stop his mind from focusing on Katie Doogan and leaving for America. He thinks about becoming the President of America but when he realises that he can’t he thinks about becoming theContinue reading “Episode II-The Flashback with Aunt Lizzy”

Episode I-Dinner with S.B. & Meeting Master Boyle

Madge interrupts Gar as she enters the room abruptly to tell him that dinner is ready. Madge tells Gar that she has a new grand-niece and that they are going to call it Madge. Gar Private tells us how he really feels about Madge . “Madge, I think I love you more than any ofContinue reading “Episode I-Dinner with S.B. & Meeting Master Boyle”

Othello Act 1 Summary

Act 1 begins with with Roderigo criticising Iago for not telling him about the marriage between Desdemona and Othello. Iago tells him that he did not know about the marriage and that he hates Othello, despite the fact that he is his ensign. We learn that Iago hates Othello because he promoted Michael Cassio toContinue reading “Othello Act 1 Summary”

Episode I–Introduction to Gar, Madge and S.B.

We first meet Gar O’Donnell as he is finishing his day’s work in the shop owned by his father, S.B. O’Donnell, who is also a local county councillor. The play is set in Donegal in a town name Ballybeg. (Baile Beag, which literally means small town) Gar is singing happily, ‘Philadelphia Here I Come,’ asContinue reading “Episode I–Introduction to Gar, Madge and S.B.”