Comparing Identity In Fish Cheeks, And Papa's Parrot

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Identity is the fact of being who or what a person/thing is. People will often change their identities to impress people. Some people don't actually know what their identity is. Learning and accepting the identity can be a hard thing to do as shown as the stories we have read. In the short stories “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D. Wetherell, and “Papa's Parrot” by Cynthia Rylant, the characters learn about their identities through significant moments. To begin, in “Fish Cheeks,” Amy learns about who she is when the American people come over for a holiday dinner. For example, when Amy hears that her crush, Robert, is coming over for dinner, she cries. She is worried that her parents will embarrass her or do something abnormal. When the Americans arrive, they're greeted with several unique foods. This makes Amy really upset and embarrassed especially since she wants to impress somebody. After the dinner, Amy´s mother goes up to her and tells her that “You're only shame is to have shame” (1). This is very important because she learns a valuable life lesson that will…show more content…
For Instance, when the narrator tries to Sheila by telling her about fishing, she says that she hates fishing. This causes the boy to change his identity and not being who he truly is. After trying hard to get sheila to like him, she goes over to him and says “You´re a funny kid you know that?” (5). This is a good realization for the character because he realizes that things will not always work out, even if you try hard. The narrator gave up several things including cutting the line and changing his identity and ended up with nothing. This causes the narrator to realize there are plenty of fish in the sea and other Sheila Mants. In conclusion, the narrator gives up his personality for Sheila, and gets nothing in
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