Guests of the Nation

by Frank O'Connor
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In "Guest of the Nation" by Frank O'Connor, how does Donovan in contrast to others represent a possible theme to the story?

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Jeremiah Donovan is the officer in charge of the group of Irish rebels. Unlike Bonaparte and Noble, he does not regard the English prisoners as friendly acquaintances.

In this way, you could say that the theme is of duty, Donovan understands his duty and all parts of it, while the others want to do part of their duty but don't want to think about the hard parts.

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