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Guests of the Nation Summary
Frank O'Connor

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Guests of the Nation Summary


 "Guests of the Nation" is probably Frank O'Connor's most widely read story. It was published in the 1931 collection of the same name after appearing in the Irish Statesman. O'Connor's experiences as a member of the Irish Republican Army during "the Troubles" (Ireland's struggle to establish self-rule) shaped his attitudes and gave him much material for his writings. Despite his strong support of the Irish cause and his own desires to see Ireland become free from British domination, his stories often show, as Patricia Robinson writes, that "in war, hatred and revenge drive out ethical and moral intelligence."

In "Guests of the Nation," men from both sides of the struggle are thrust together. They argue, play cards, discuss politics and religion, and generally behave as though they are not part of the armed conflict that surrounds them. Then Feeney brings the news that the Irishmen have been ordered to...

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