Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday - Mr. Carrasquiera English 102...

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Mr. Carrasquiera English 102 Biohistorical Criticism on U2's “Sunday Bloody Sunday” Fourteen men were killed and thirteen were wounded by British paratroopers on January 30, 1972. This date is now commonly referred to as “Bloody Sunday”. The situation had been brewing for some time, as tensions between Ireland and the unwelcome British were building. On January 30, in Derry, Northern Ireland, a march organized by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association was taking place in protest of internment without trial of Irishman who were mostly Catholic (“Bloody”). The events that took place next are highly disputed, but whatever those events may be, the outcome was horrific. The British soldiers fired 108 bullets at that rally, leaving innocent bystanders wounded and dead. The casualties brought consequences in Northern Ireland and around the world. There were breakouts of violence as a result, mcuh of it in attempt to retaliate towards the British (Walsh 10-11). “Bloody Sunday” is in fact the event that U2 is referring to in their single “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. In the song, the singer and lyricist, Bono, asks for the violence to come to an end, and wrestles with his own internal conflicts with the fighting between two religions that he was brought up with. Bono begins the song by singing “I can’t believe the news today.” What day that actually is depends upon the actual speaker recounting the events. If the speaker is not Bono or the rest of the band, then that day could be the actual day of January 30, 1972. However, if the speaker is actually the members of U2, which it most likely is due to the political nature of the song, then the date may not be the actual date of the 30 th . This song was released and most likely written around 1983. Since the band members were around the age of 12 years old during Bloody
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Carrasquiera during the Fall '06 term at South Carolina.

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Sunday Bloody Sunday - Mr. Carrasquiera English 102...

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