The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey

Raymond Gylys and Steven Ortiz
English 150
Wednesday 23 October 2013, 5 p.m. section

We will be reciting the discussion between The Covey and Fluther starting on page 169:

The Covey: Th' job's stopped. They've been mobilized…

through this line on page 160

Fluther: There's no necessity to be raisin' your voice…

Ray will be playing The Covey with 22 lines, and Steve will be Fluther with 11.

After we recite this section, we came up with the following discussion questions to get the class going:

  1. Why do you think the Irish Citizen Army chose to represent themselves with the banner of the plough and the stars? What does this symbolize and represent about their movement? (I'll either bring in a color image of the flag or just bring up a big picture of one on my computer)
  2. The Plough and the Stars caused riots in Dublin when it debuted in 1926. What do you think people were so upset about (think about both genders individually)

Write this quote on the board:

There's no such thing as an Irishman; or an Englishman, or a German or a Turk; we're all only human bein's. Scientifically speakin' it's all a question of the accidental gatherin' together of mollycewels an' atoms

Ask the following question:

"Why is this significant especially in the context of what was going on in Ireland during this time, i.e. the Civil War" What message do you think O'Casey was trying to send?

Ask the class if they agree with Fluther when he says There's no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible.

Is it best to keep religion out of things? Why or why not? Can you think of any modern day examples to support your claim?