FINAL ESSAY FOR COMPARATIVE LITERATURE “Do angels wear brassieres?" is a short story written by Olive Senior. In analyzing this story the main theme emanating from this story was one of self-identity where traditional stereotypes about women’s and their identities will be contested. This story is set in Jamaica where the author denotes issues of hierarchy and class stratification in a family which is female centered. The main character are; a girl named Rebecca aka Beccka, her mother Cherry, and aunt Mary. The unfolding story was based in a rural village located in Jamaica. The characters speak a dialect which is rich and colorful, and this is shaped and controlled by humor and comedy, allowing the reader a great insight into their way of life. Olive Senior short story “Do angels wear brassieres?" demonstrates a strong cultural and social reference where the emphasis is on women, and there identity as women. The case of Beccka, in the story takes into account women’s view and her interpretation of the world. Her personal experience is socially and theoretically constructed and emotions play an essential role in the process of identity formation. Her identity is not fixed, which is portrayed by inquisitiveness that her own mother and Aunt thought she was possessed, enhanced and made this story an enriching experience. The family is the first agent of socialization, as the story illustrates, even the most basic of human activities are learned and through socialization people
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In the Dominican Republic, General Rafael Trujillo 's dictatorship is being judged within the eyes of the four Maribal sisters. In the story "In the Time of the butterflies" by Julia Alvarez the four sisters that are all strikingly different, are contemplating on whether to follow along with the anti- Trujillo movement. Minerva being the most dominant one out of all the sisters, is first to follow through against Trujillo. Alvarez involves feminism, rhetorical and literary devises, and portrayed various themes in her novel. Along with showing the strong relationship, and the differences between the four sisters, they showed us readers the true meaning of family.
In the end, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a wonderful narrative that shows its readers, the complexity of personal identity, and how things like sexual orientation, love, the values of society, and politics can all play a part in the shaping of one’s character. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic uses various concepts in order to show its readers the search Alison Bechdel embarks upon in order to discover who she is. According to an article found in the journal Developmental Psychology, “knowing who one is may be one of the most fundamental components of being human” (Galliher et al. 2011).
Each individual has their own different social identity. One’s social identity is constructed based on the different influences around them. The development of social identity is influenced by various factors such as the historical, cultural and religious beliefs of the society, community or family where one is brought up. It is influenced by the behaviours and attitudes of authority figures such as parents, teachers and community leaders around them, it is also influenced by external factors such as the media, one’s peers and the overall exposure one has (Carrim, 2006, p56).
And, these stories tend to change over time and differ in their quality. As he has postulated, people engage in the work of defining themselves by telling stories to others and, at the same time, to themselves. And so, through detailed analysis of the structure and content of these stories, the changing identities of the individuals can become visible (McAdams, 2008; Murray,
(Garner, 1977, p. 9). This demonstrates the complexity of human nature and ones inability to control emotions. Garner uses this to humanise the text by showing that change can be good and everybody has moments of self doubt. This narrative style of essay and fictional novel is used to allow the audience to understand the character’s emotional questioning of one’s identity which is a universal human
The environment in which an individual grows up in can affect life greatly. Our surroundings influence one’s personality, self-expression, and individuality, otherwise known as identity. Finding one’s true self is the most grueling stage of life and expectations of family and society make the process even harder. One’s true identity can sometimes clash with hopes of others, thus breaking tradition and/or family ties. Pressure to change will always be present, but staying true to uniqueness will prevail.
Anne Monroe was confronted with many challenges during adolescents. There are several factors that influenced her identity formation such as parenting, her personality as well as her school and community etc. Parenting generally plays an essential role in one’s identity formation. Anne Monroe’s parents are separated and she does not have a good relationship with her father and as an adolescent strong-parent attachment bonds provides adolescents with support as well as guidance in life. Moreover, peer interactions as well as school and the community influenced Anna’s identity formation.
he Interruption that Amy tan’s “Mother Tongue” Illustrates Our identity is very important because they define who we are. It is in our human nature to want to control how other perceives us. However, we often become stressed trying to meet the standards set by other. This stress comes from Interruptions in our identity. In “Amy’s Mother Tongue”, Amy Tan was faced with a type of interruption called that forced her to have multiple identities.
The novel ‘Nada’ written by Carmen Laforet is a twisted heart-breaking tale about a year in the life of the 18-year-old female protagonist Andrea. Throughout this year, Andrea spends in Barcelona with her relatives, she developed various relationships, both homosexual and heterosexual. For the purpose of this essay I will discuss Andrea’s highly affective homosexual relationships with her best friend Ena and her aunt Gloria and how she views and describes both woman differently. I will also briefly contrast her homosexual relationships with that of her heterosexual relationships with Pons and her uncle Román. I will begin with discussing Adrea’s relationship with Gloria, as this relationship began before her relationship with Ena did.
Identity, though defines who one is, is not self-obtained; in fact, it is given by the people one surrounds oneself with. It is a concoction of the natural, personal desires and the desires and interests of others. Identity is, also, not the mere differences in one’s physical appearance, for, although, it is by looks that one recognizes others, it is by their actions and interests that one understands who they are. Thus, it is unsurprising to discover distinct resemblances between individuals—in areas such as their decisions and desires—who have spent decades together. From this conclusion, it can be further inferred that, because humans’ primal instinct is survival, when individuals are placed under common, devastating circumstances, they
Sometimes, the truth may not be true. At least, not for everyone, everywhere, every time. In In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, the reader takes a walk in the shoes of the four Maribal sisters growing up under Trujillo’s iron fist in the Dominican Republic. Though the events in the novel vary in their historical accuracy, the perspective, emotion, and insight gained through such a method of storytelling more than make up for any inaccuracies the book may have. Through the flaws and imperfections in the historical aspects of the novel, the reader connects with the sisters in a deeper, more intimate way than otherwise possible.
Family, friends, society, ethnicity, time periods, and one’s race can influence a person’s identity in a positive or negative way. Love can influence one’s identity as well, for people who love and care about one give them advice and information that will benefit them in the future. In the novel, colored women’s identities were hidden under the powerful identities of their white employers, mainly because of the color of their skin.
THE HOST: THEME OF IDENTITY We live in a world where being different can either make you or break you. The words that escape your lips, the way you portray your body, what you clothe it with, where your feet may walk. These small fragments create a picture of you in every mind you encounter, once these pieces are put together, your identity is shown. This novel “The Host” revolves around many themes, such as love, persecution, invasion and one that caught my attention most, identity.
The setting allows the reader to understand how people without honour are seen as outcasts of the society and the existence of a woman’s virginity is seen as a measure of her honour, as well as a precious commodity, which can purchase the family’s social advancement, through a marriage of convenience. Ángela states that Santiago deflowered her, but since “…she looked for it in the shadows…”, even though “She only took the time necessary to say the name.” we question this piece of information and its reliability, due to it being precise but also vague at the same time. Due to their sister stating this, Pablo and Pedro Vicario are ordered to reinstate their “…sister’s lost honour…”, ironically by their mother, to meet the expectations of the community and it is up to them to spiritually retrieve their sister’s virginity by killing Santiago. This means the brothers cannot back down from “…the horrible duty that’s fallen on them…” as “…there’s no way out of this…”.
The biological, psychological and social aspects play a crucial role in the construction of human beings. People act in accordance to their knowledge, experiences, and desires. The combination of these three take part in forming the personal element of identity. Since the beginning of infancy, the child interacts with its environment and receives the influence of the society that surrounds him/her. The short stories, “Que?” by Joshua Horton and “Bring Moral Imagination Back in Style” by Jennifer Boylan are suitable examples of how the sense of self transitions as one pursues the path of discovering their individuality.