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Although postcolonial theory does not propose a simple causal relation between literature and political action, it nonetheless views literature as an enabler of nationalism and in turn political action: literature imagines the community of the nation, giving it a virtually mythical status. The power of the national imaginary to inspire political action is never in doubt, but the precise mechanisms by which this happens or whether indeed any kind of direct causality is involved remains unclear. It may very well be that literature and political action are reciprocating parts of a complex process for which such questions are peripheral.

An example of such reciprocation is an early play by Yeats, The King’s Threshold (1904), in which an ancient Irish poet goes on hunger strike to protest against his king. This play might be thought to have engendered the hunger strikes Irish republicans resorted to, first during the struggle with Britain from 1916 to 1920, then in the civil war that followed as they fought against the Free State government forces, and finally in 1981 as they resisted continuing British rule in Northern Ireland. Similarly in reciprocation, when the Republican mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney, died in hunger strike in 1920, Yeats revised his play, and gave it a revised conclusion – a tragic ending, attributing the tragic ending as a great improvement & much more representative of the then political climate.

1. The passage mentions the instance of death of Republican mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney to illustrate

A. That Yeats was not an obstinate poet who set his play in stone and was willing to make changes to the same as long it doing so ensured popularity.

B. That Yeats’ The King’s Threshold was influential enough to have inspired an important person like Terence MacSwiney to give up his life.

C. An instance of the reciprocal relationship between Literature and Political action in which political action inspires changes to a literary work.

D. That even a play once popular enough to rally the entire nation may have to be adapted to fit the then present national scenery to prevent it from running out of favor.

E. How literary works can sometimes misguide individuals into fatal consequences.


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Para 1 : No causal relation between literature and political action, yet Literature enabler of nationalism in turn political action. Literature & political action are reciprocating parts.

Para 2 : Provides example of The King’s Threshold by Yeats which caused hunger strikes in Ireland, Mayors death during hunger strike Yeats modified his writings reiterating the idea presented in the first paragraph " literature imagines the community of the nation, giving it a virtually mythical status. "

Thus, answer must be (C) C. An instance of the reciprocal relationship between Literature and Political action in which political action inspires changes to a literary work.
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