The paper requested is a critically informed essay on Frank O'Connor's short story "Guests
of the Nation
". The thesis should state how the story addresses the concept of duty vs. morality and point to any conclusions that can be drawn regarding the author's view on the subject, or something along that line. The essay should demonstrate that Bonaparte (the main character/narrator) was compelled to take part in an act which he found morally reprehensible out of a sense of duty (perhaps coupled with a fear of the consequences for disobeying an order). It could address the irony/paradox in the fact that what would appear to be a moral commitment to duty required the commission of an immoral act (cold blooded murder of defenseless prisoners). The attitudes of other characters toward their "duty" might also be addressed, as well as how the characters deal with the choice they have made. As this is a critically informed essay on a specific work, that work should be included as a source (and the essay should include some direct passages from that work, as appropriate). Other sources should be from books or academic journals, but not periodicals or websites that are inappropriate for academic research (wikipedia, ask.com, etc.), and all should support the overall thesis. Any specific questions regarding this request are welcome and should be forwarded to the email address provided.
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O'Brien, E. (2007). Guests of a nation; geists of a nation. New Hibernia Review. 11(3). 114-30.
O'Connor, F. (1987). Guests of the nation. Poolbeg Press: Dublin, Ireland.
Renner, S. (1990). The theme of hidden powers: fate vs. human responsibility. Studies in Short
Fiction. 90(27:3). 371.
Winston, G. (2009). A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story. Ed. C.A. Malcolm and D.
Malcolm. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK.