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Brian Friel And The Conflict In Northern Ireland: How The Troubles Have Shaped The Playwright And Informed His Plays, Timothy Hayes
The Review: A Journal of Undergraduate Student Research
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A conflict exists between the countries of Ireland and England stretching back over 800 years. Colonial in nature, the conflict has assumed many faces throughout its history. Evidence of its existence today is most noticeable in the situation in Northern Ireland, a situation euphemistically referred to as the "Troubles." The Irish people have been shaped by this conflict and Irish writers have often embraced it thematically within their works. Irish playwright Brian Friel is such a writer. Friel's plays frequently embody this conflict, both explicitly and implicitly.