Translations Imagery

Translations Imagery

Jimmy Jack

The imagery of Jimmy Jack is very specific: "he is a bachelor in his sixties, lives alone...His clothes--heavy top coat, hat, mittens, which he wares now--are filthy and he lives in them summer and winter, day and night." This imagery of the man creates a particular smell that lights up from the imagination and attaches itself to the character throughout the play.


Captain Lancey declares what will be done if Yolland isn't found: livestock will be shot, families evicted and homes torn down. This imagery makes it clear as the English Armies intentions for being in Ireland, which were not to rename it, but to take it for themselves without consideration of the people who've inhabited it for generations.

The Dooley Brothers

The Dooley Brothers are said to have arrived by boat the night of the dance, and are the reason for Yolland's disappearance. Their description as being dangerous creates the imagery that Yolland has been killed.

A Name

Manus demands that Sarah say her name to him before he leaves, which she does. This imagery sets it clear that ones identity lies within their name, and if they are able to speak their name, they are able to know who they are; and that is all one needs in this life. This scene reveals the depth of meaning in this play where language, words are the center of the issues.

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