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Janet Doe Professor Brad Shedd GENE 100: The Making of the Christian Mind 9 December 2016 Nurturing Identity: The Path to Human Flourishing For many centuries, from the Victorian Era to the modern day, there has been great emphasis on the establishment of one’s personal identity. Adolescent girls are among the groups of people most affected by the search for their identity. The purpose of this paper is to reveal that the strain of the average American teenage girl’s search for their identity can be mitigated by placing their identity in Christ. The proper placement of young women’s identity in Christ must be pursued, as can be seen through an examination of the historical context, scriptural basis and challenge, and practical ways to bring about change. Young American women’s struggle in finding their identity can be traced back to the Victorian Era. In this era, there was much stress on morality and etiquette. Women were often the head of the domestic sphere and were heavily scrutinized if they did not adhere to social formalities. Self-control, social standing, and the disdain for the poor were other essential traits for individuals in Victorian Society [McM161]. These values are reflected in Victorian Literature such as Charlotte Brontë’s novel, “Jane Eyre”. The ideals of the era were illustrated clearly when very few people came to the aid of the young Jane Eyre after she lost her social status and was put to shame by impoverishment. American society has now shifted to a consumer/therapeutic culture. Self-fulfillment has become the key to a satisfying life, and what tends to define
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fulfillment is the establishment of one’s personal identity [McM161]. In a society of endless choices, youth are constantly struggling to find what they should identify with. In their book, “Understanding Teenage Girls: Culture, Identity, and Schooling,” Horace Hall and Andrea Brown-Thirston note that “the adolescent identity is in continuous flux, engendering feelings of anxiety, confusion, uncertainty, and even isolation” (Hall; Brown-Thirston 19). They go on to assert that “some girls even become aware of how gender arrangements function to undervalue their mind, body, and self-worth” (21). Their book reveals that the placement of women in society remains a significant issue that has yet to be remedied. The stresses of adolescence and
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