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assignment 5 basic comp

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King 1 Gerrick King Professor November Basic Composition 100 04 December 2011 Assignment 5: Stereotypes Hinder The Search For Self-Identity 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” 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 charac- ters do so in different ways. In “A World and Other Places,” Winterson introduces her narrator, 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 discover their self-identities because they have to hide themselves in the foreign society. The immigrants work day in and day out to help provide financial support for their families and to help start a new life in the United States. Knowledge of the illegal immigrant experience described in Kam- ber’s “Toil and Temptation” may reshape the narrator from Winterson’s way of thinking regard- ing the struggle to achieve identity because it shows how an individual must have an understand- ing that stereotypes may hinder people from finding their identities.
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King 2 Kamber’s illegal immigrants may complicate thoughts of Winterson’s narrator regarding busyness because they both have different socioeconomic statuses. The narrator believes that if an individual has a high socioeconomic status than they will have a difficult time seeking self- identity because they are so busy. A socioeconomic status is the total combined measure of the work experience, family economic and social position of an individual 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” in which she believes that an individual must avoid it because the “bolted door” represents self reflections (Winterson 288).
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