Author Liam O’Flaherty, 1896-1984 20 th century Irish novelist University College, Dublin Careers: Catholic priesthood, soldier, deckhand, lumberjack, porter, bank clerk Writings often illustrate the difficult struggle to keep alive one’s spiritual value in the real world. His works are characterized by realism and powerful drama.
History of this conflict 1.1801-1922: Ireland as part of United Kingdom 2.Early 1900s: Irish nationalists pressed to end British rule 3.1916: Easter uprising, led to a civil war, which tore families apart (like all civil wars) ~ One side: Republicans wanted all of Ireland to be free from British rule ~ Other side: Free Staters had compromised with the British and agreed to let them continue to rule six counties in the north 4.1998: Agreement reached, establishing a new relationship between north and south, and between Ireland and Britain
Aftermath On TV shows, in the movies, or in video games, the dead bodies are left behind as the hero goes on to the next action-packed adventure. In real life, there is an aftermath of killings. The real consequence of a violent act is the suffering of human beings left behind in the loss of a loved one. Assignment: You are the sniper, realizing that the “enemy” you have just killed is your brother. Write a letter to your mother, explaining what has happened.
1.Stay in the voice of your character 2.Use present tense! 3.Express genuine feelings 4.Consider: - Dedication to your cause - How long you have been fighting (1916-1998) -How you came to be on opposite sides -The feelings of a mother and her sons
Sample letter (Any address here, school appropriate) 2595 Dewdrop Circle Dublin, Ireland 35233 August 12, 1916 (or whichever year you choose) Dear mother, The purpose of this letter is to … I just returned from … Consequently … Because of this grave mistake … Mother, please understand … If you feel it in your heart to … Your remorseful son, Your name