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What is the relationship between Brian Friel's Translations and the "What's in a name?" quote from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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Brian Friel's Translations depicts the beginning of the end of the Irish language, as it focuses on the efforts of a group of English mapmakers and soldiers translating Irish place names into English. In the play, the act of translation becomes an act of existential destruction, as Friel equates the extinction of the Irish system of naming with a loss of identity. 

It's interesting indeed to compare this idea to the...

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