“M & L” by Sarah Kokernot is a short story featured in The Best American Short Stories. Kokernot was born in Kentucky and received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a writer of various short stories and is presently working on her first novel. “M & L” tells the story from the point of view of Miriam and Liam – two good friends; one of which has a past trauma. As I read the story, it was difficult to stay focused on the main plot because of the depth of detail the author provides.
I still remember how I was once suffocated with the burden of belonging to an Asian cultural background. Being Asian had its perks like getting the divine recognition as of a smart person, the godly praises of being the embodiment of discipline; however, all that gold was nothing more than ordinary glitter. The praises, the recognition, the credibility, it all meant nothing when it came to individual freedom. There was never a day painted in history that my shoulders were not dragged to the ground bearing the burden of family honor, proper code of conduct and well this struggle to be simply, perfect.
Identity comes from the Latin root idem (identitas) meaning the oneness or a state of being the same, and has been used in English since the sixteenth century. It has a technical meaning in algebra and logic and has been associated with the perennial mind-body problem in philosophy. The meaning of identity in this philosophical context is close to its meaning in ordinary usage, which is given as follows by the Oxford English Dictionary: the sameness of a person or thing at all times or in all circumstances; the condition or fact that a person or thing is itself and not something else; individuality, personality. Personal identity (in Psychology), is the condition or fact of remaining the same person throughout the various phases of existence;
In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” demonstrates the personal growth of the dynamic protagonist Louise Mallard, after hearing news of her husband’s death. The third-person narrator telling the story uses deep insight into Mrs. Mallard’s thoughts and emotions as she sorts through her feelings after her sister informs her of her husband’s death. During a Character analysis of Louise Mallard, a reader will understand that the delicate Mrs. Mallard transforms her grief into excitement over her newly discovered freedom that leads to her death. As Mrs. Mallard sorts through her grief she realizes the importance of this freedom and the strength that she will be able to do it alone.
1. The movie I have selected for the identity analysis assignment will be the Breakfast Club (1986). The movie is about five teenagers who are from different groups in high school cliques; the popular girl (Claire), the loner (Allison), the athlete (Andrew), the nerd Brain) and the outsider (Bender). They spend the Saturday in detention together.
A set of characteristics by which something is familiar is an identity. People are able to recognize a chair by its flat surface and the legs that support it, however, humans adapt to this identity. For instance, there may be only one leg, but that does not stop it from being identified as a chair. When talking about humans the basic idea of identity tends to become perplexing. This does not stop oneself from identifying various people. It just means people have to be aware that identity runs deeper than the bare facts. There are two primary angles to the concept of human identity; the first being that people like to be perceived a certain way. Whether that is to stand out or fit in, it comes down to the individual. The second aspect indistinctly
Everyone 's identity and culture does have an effect on who they are because of the clothes they wear, their personality, and where they come from. The short stories "Totem," by Thomas King, and "Identities," by W.D. Valgardson, both explore how people are judged and treated differently because of their identity, color of their skin, and culture background. This paper will discuss the ways in which the authors engage with the themes of judgement and discrimination.
Modern Society and Brave New World Community, Identity, Stability. These are the ideas that are thrown at you from the very beginning of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. However, it is quite ironic that this is the motto chosen to represent the world state. Community is understood to be a group of diverse individuals coming together as one, yet in brave new world they predestine their citizens and sort them into different castes. Identity is understood to show individualism, yet the caste system limits anyone’s capability to be an individual.
However, as the reader continues, Mrs. Mallard actions take a turn, which would surprise a reader. She only grieves for a little while before she goes to her room—alone. There, Chopin hints at the truth behind Mrs. Mallards marriage. While most new widows, in that
What is Identities Under Siege: Lori A. Saffin describe it as Violence Against Transpersons of Color, which, result in victims being murdered and being imprisoned, which is mostly, trans women of color that have the greatest chance of coming in contact with systems of oppression (162). Some communities are racist and homophobic and often do not want trans women of color in their communities, which is a concern because their gender nonconformity keep them from getting gainful employment or education and make them a target for violence. There is also a risk of transpersons of Color coming in contact with different sexual diseases, rape, robbery and physical threats, because of the economic or the communities that they had to live in. In the black communities they are not looking at it as prejudices but as a survival skill for the black race (167). The LGBT and the African American have strong similaries with the long struggle for equality.
What is Identity? Identity is like a fingerprint; it clearly determines who people are. Identity is something that people are not born with, it is an act people do that classifies their identity. People need to act upon their own choices to determine their own identity rather than being influenced by the choices of others. So, people must follow their own path in order to keep their own unique identity. The sources used include “Soy Yo” by Bomba Estereo, a music video. “Self-Concept” by Saul Mcleod, where Mcleod talks about how people see themselves. “Carapace” by Romesh Gunesekera, which talks about a man staying at the beach hut because his passion in cooking. Finally, “Identity” by Kayla Si, Reno, where the article talks about a self experience
Independence: A difficult concept for many to achieve when trapped in an oppressive environment. Through the novels Sula by Toni Morrison and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, this concept of independence is examined to determine how one can attain the freedom and confidence that is associated with such liberation. The story of Sula follows the life of two girls, Sula and Nel, born in southern America during the 1920s. Though raised in very different environments, Sula and Nel become inseparable and discover their identities through their journey together. On the other hand, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest investigates the lives of institutionalized men who struggle to accept their identity and gain independence in their lives.
In Julio Polanco’s poem, “Identity”, the author develops the theme that one should be true to himself through the extended metaphor of ugly weeds feeling beautiful. The narrator wanted to be freed from the burden and pressure of trying to fit in so he’d “rather be a tall, ugly weed” (Palanco). This expresses the idea that inward appearance trumps outward appearance and inner beauty is achieved through being yourself. The metaphor conveys how he wanted freedom and to live an adventurous life without being forced to be something other than himself and that had a greater meaning than beauty.
Self-identity is defined as the recognition of one's potential and qualities as an individual, especially in relation to social context. In other words, self-understanding. Finding self-identity is more more difficult for some people than others. In the autobiography Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker, the author reflects on her identity as a mixed raced individual which is illustrated through Walker’s reflections. People define themselves in many different ways. For instance, some define themselves by their talents, hobbies, race, religion, color, gender, culture, sexual orientation, and/or age. What is your identity?
Identity is social construct that many have mistaken for something an individual is born with. There are many aspects of identity that one can inherit like genes that can drive a certain type of character and certain aspects of identity a person can adopt and build for themselves. However the most part of one’s identity is consistent of what the person wants and adopts for themselves and what the society/the people around him/her choose to give him/her.