In Translations by Brian Friel, discuss how their patriotism and resistance is being represented in their pride in their Irish heritage.

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Translations by Brian Friel focuses on the British colonization of Ireland. Although the colonization is a military-led one, much of the play focuses on cultural colonization. More specifically, the British characters in the play attempt to anglicize Ireland by making English the country's primary language. This is a calculated effort...

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Translations by Brian Friel focuses on the British colonization of Ireland. Although the colonization is a military-led one, much of the play focuses on cultural colonization. More specifically, the British characters in the play attempt to anglicize Ireland by making English the country's primary language. This is a calculated effort to reduce the country's Gaelic language and Irish roots.

Some of the characters in the play are okay with this happening. They view anglicization as a necessary part of joining the modern world. However, that isn't the case for all characters. Many of them rebel against the British colonizers and refuse to adapt their cultural practices. One of the ways this takes shape is through an increased patriotism and the pride the characters have for their Irish heritage.

This is an interesting dynamic that doesn't get explored often. When someone is proud of their heritage, we don't often associate it as an act of rebellion. However, that pride is a means of keeping the culture they belong to alive. In this case, the characters in Translations use their pride to prevent Gaelic heritage from dissolving into Britishness. Their insistence on speaking Gaelic and following Irish tradition is a way for them to remain true to their roots. It's also a means for them to resist colonization and, therefore, an act of rebellion.

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