The Importance Of Identity In American Literature

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Introduction: As America grows ever more diverse, the question of what it means to be an American yields an increasingly complicated answer. Nevertheless, Diversity is a key part of the answer. Whether cultural , religious or racial diversity. Thus the American identity had always been a crucial topic in the Academic field. Leading to researches about the American identity formation, each of them advancing a hypothesis. Literature can play an important role in the formation of various form of social identity, including national, ethnic and religious identity. This often happens through a fixation of literary tradition, in other words the establishment of a canon of literary works. American Literature as a discipline was the culmination…show more content…
2) The extent to which the prevailing context provides ground for comparison between groups.
3) The perceived relevance of the comparison group, which itself will be shaped by the relative and absolute status of the in-group. Individuals are likely to display favoritism when an in-group is central to their self-definition and a given comparison is meaningful or the outcome is contestable.

National Identity National identity comprehend an idea of time and space continuity of a nation , national identity is not the condition of being different from other nations, but rather about the content of differences. National identity is the nation cohesive link by traditions, language, history, culture and politics. In psychology national identity is the awareness of the differences in the same community but in the same time the ability to group the population under the “we and they” pronoun. National identity is not innate but rather acquired by the person interactivity with tradition language and national
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They face the complexities of determining one 's own identity. Erikson said this crisis is resolved with identity achievement, the point at which an individual has extensively considered various goals and values, accepting some and rejecting others, and understands who he or she is as a unique person. Once an adolescent has attained identity achievement, they are ready to enter the next stage of Erikson 's theory "Intimacy versus Isolation" where they will form strong friendships and a sense of companionship with others. If the "Identity versus Role Confusion" crisis is not solved, an adolescent will face confusion about future plans, particularly their roles in adulthood. Failure to form one 's own identity leads to failure to form a shared identity with others, which could lead to instability in many areas as an adult. The identity formation stage of Erik Erikson 's theory of psychosocial development is a
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