How does Brian Friel explore colonization in Translations?

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Brian Friel explores colonization by addressing the physical, institutional, and mental processes that such domination encompasses. While the British forces are expanding throughout Ireland, they are changing the landscape by renaming all the places. Each location in the country will be transformed—not only on maps, but in street signs and other physical markers that will indicate the tangible reality of each place.

The school as an institution is a crucial marker of all three aspects of colonization. Building a new building, staffing it with new teachers, providing a national curriculum, and making English the language of instruction are all related components of building "hegemony"—social and political control that is so total that people do not even notice it.

The character of Owen embodies the contradictions of physical and mental colonization. He submits his entire body and mind to the British by becoming a soldier. Learning new behaviors and comportment, wearing a uniform, and...

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