Concept of Identity

860 Words Mar 11th, 2011 4 Pages
The concept of identity and it 's 'shifting influences ' has many forms such as; cultural, social, community, racial, sex and so on. These leave many in society with a “label” or stereotype to their name if they are out of place, unique, 'one of a kind ' or just being themselves and society doesn 't condone this. Such examples would be the novel RAW by Scott Monk and School Ties by Robert Mandel and the short story 'A bullying Story '** by Peter Leavitt all show influences in society where people become someone who they are not.

In the novel RAW the main character Brett is portrayed as the low life scum in society, the boy who came from a some what bad child hood. Who doesn 't have rules for society and is ill equipped to understand
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“Firm round jaw was rarely softened by a smile” this an example of accumulation, “his eyes.. the kind that left people cold” a metaphor and a hyperbole. “always looking for trouble.. always scheming” this is high modality and repetition.

Brett decides his role in society must change he then turns himself around from meeting a girl named Caitlyn whom he falls in love with and tries to change himself for the better of her “Brett double checked that he looked respectable”. “I don 't want to get into a fight “don 't touch me” these all show that he has changed and matured into a sensible young adult.

The film 'school ties ' is about a young jewish boy David Green who is 'bought ' for a Catholic school to play football and win for them. The reaction towards the school shows he a outsider, the use of costume he is wearing a bomber jacket and the majority suits bland colour suits.

The film represents on how an outsider may hide or not tell in a conversation that he is different because of his religion. Many of the boys who david becomes very good friends with reject him and push him away when they find out his Jewish.

A boy named Dillion tells a racist joke about Jewish people that the stereotype that they are all very stingy with their money “ in the sky so 20,000 jews joined the air force” a very derogative statement about a religion, when another boy questions them and tries to change their mind
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