For example, Stephen Dedalus identifies (like his father) with Parnell, the fallen champion of Irish independence (“Home Rule”), yet he later rejects the Gaelic nativism and nationalism of his college friend Davin.
Write an essay that analyzes and illustrates the hybrid postcolonial attitudes toward Irish politics, language, and culture in Portrait. The Christmas dinner scene, Stephen’s conversation with the dean of studies, or his exchanges with Davin are examples of passages you might consider.
You havent defined what "hybrid attitudes" are and I dont understand what this sentence means: "These hybrid attitudes Stephen encounters throughout the novel only help Stephen strive for his own identity and escape the connection the Irish have made with the dominant culture---the English." I dont know what "hybrid attitudes" could "help Stephen strive for his own identity and escape the connection . . . with . . the English," which contradicts the whole idea of postcolonial hybridity.
First youd need to tell us what "hybrid attitudes" you mean (Im not aware of any). The Christmas dinner scene, for example, doesnt show us a hybrid culture; it shows hostility between two different political/religious causes (which youd have to name and explain before wed undestand them): theyre not "hybrid" in themselves. Im not sure youre understanding what the question says about "hybridity your statement isnt true: Stephen *cant* "escape the connection . . . with . . . the English." That he cant escape it is what makes *his* identity hybrid and postcolonial. And the "attitudes" youre discssuing below arent hybrids: Mr. Casey is a Parnellite who favors Irish independence (the "native" side); Dante, because of her Catholicism, is anti-Parnellite and therefore sides with British political interests (the "imperial" side). Both scenes are relevant and yes the xmas dinner