The Importance Of Cultural Identity

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It has been known for a long time that every single person in the world follows, at least partially, a particular pattern of behaviour. People have always sought for acceptance, their own identity and a proper place where they can discover their true self. One may try everything in order to achieve happiness, understanding and to find their identity, because only then they will know the answer to the question: who they really are. This paper will investigate the problems which concern the complexity of identity, view on immigrants connected with race and the Indian 's tradition which is renounced from British society. These examples are based on the book "Buddha of Suburbia" by Hanif Kureishi which depict the above, serious issues. To begin with, the main character from the novel "Buddha of Suburbia", Karim has two cultural identities - English and Indian. He cannot identified himself only as an English or an Indian. This boy has difficulty in determining his own identity and cultural affiliation. His words fully prove it: “I am an Englishman born and bred, almost. I am often considered to be a funny kind of Englishman, a new breed as it were, having emerged from two old histories (...) the odd mixture of continents and blood, of here and there, of belonging and not” (Kureishi). Hence he is unable to choose one identity, he is torn between two different cultures. Karim does not feel any shame for being English or Indian. He just wants to gain respect from English people as

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