The Dead Discussion Questions

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British Rule vs. Irish Nationalism

For much of its history, Ireland has been dominated by British rule, and the debate between independence and allegiance to Britain appears in "The Dead." For instance, Molly Ivors confronts Gabriel about writing reviews for the Daily Express, a newspaper that supports British rule. Generally, those who supported Irish independence were Catholic, while those who allied themselves with the British were Protestant. Gabriel's family is Catholic. Some critics conclude that Mr. Browne, a Protestant, symbolizes British rule because most people dislike him and his nature is overbearing. Aunt Kate says of him, "Browne is everywhere," just as the oppressive rule of England is everywhere in Ireland.

Provincial Culture vs. European Culture

The setting of "The Dead" coincides with a period of revival of Irish culture. People wanted to revive Irish music, art, and language. The representative of this in "The Dead...

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