Da Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does the play, DA, open?

As the play opens, Charlie sits at the kitchen table of his childhood home in Ireland, sorting through some papers. His friend Oliver comes by to offer condolences on the recent death of Charlie's father. They talk about the funeral, how the death was sudden and unexpected, and how Charlie was in London when it happened. Their conversation shifts to the subject of their own lives.

2. How long has it been since Charlie and Oliver have seen each other and what do they talk about?

Their conversation shifts to the subject of their own lives, and they comment on how they haven't seen each other for fifteen years, compare notes about who has how many children, and reminisce about their childhoods - old expressions they used, movies they saw, and girls they dated.

3. How does Da make his first appearance in the play?

Charlie tells Oliver that his "Da" (an Irish term for father) had always been fond of Oliver. Da suddenly appears at this point, says he never liked Oliver, and adds that if there was room in his grave he'd roll over in it.

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