Gerrick King - Assignment 5

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King 1 Gerrick King Professor November Basic Composition 100 04 December 2011 Assignment 5: Self-Identity and Stereotypes Go Hand In Hand Self-identity is often affected by societal conflicts along with cultural aspects. Society and the individual’s upbringing may serve as the foundation to how an individual may shape their own identity. Jeanette Winterson’s “A World and Other Places” and Michael Kamber’s “Toil and Temptation” both explore the idea of trying to discover the self-identity of one. Both works contain characters that strive to discover their self-identities in their lives; however, the characters do so in different ways. In “A World and Other Places,” Winterson introduces her nar- rator, a pilot on a quest to discover his self-identity. He strives to find the answer to the question “How shall I live?”, but is unable to properly do so because he believes that in order to do so he must first break free of all boundaries in his life. He believes that a life of excitement will help bring him a step closer to happiness and fulfillment. In “Toil and Temptation,” Michael Kamber tries to help the reader understand that illegal immigrants have a more difficult time trying to dis- cover their self-identities because they have to hide themselves in the foreign society. In this for- eign society they work day in and day out to help provide financial support for their families. Kamber introduces the illegal immigrants and talks about their struggles to succeed living in America. Knowledge of the illegal immigrant experience described in Kamber’s “Toil and Temptation” may reshape the narrator from Winterson’s way of thinking regarding the struggle
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King 2 to achieve identity because it shows how an individual must have an understanding that stereo- types may hinder people from finding their identities. Kamber’s illegal immigrants may complicate thoughts of Winterson’s narrator regarding busyness because they both have different socioeconomic statuses. A socioeconomic status is the total combined measure of the work experience, family economic and social position of an indi- vidual in relation to others. The belief of Winterson’s narrator is that if one is constantly busy, the ability to find an identity along with a meaningful life will essentially fail. The narrator comes to a realization after interacting with a dress designer from Milan. She continuously keeps herself occupied with a busy schedule so that she can avoid having an introspection of her own life. She states, “In your mind there is a bolted door” (Winterson 288) in which she believes that an indi-
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