Lit 4188 the Lonely Londoners

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LIT 4188
15 April 2010

Let’s Get Together: Gilroy’s Question of Solidarity within the Social Dynamic of Corregidora and The Lonely Londoners The concept of identity can be illustrated as a complex assembly, and more specifically as a group of collected observations. It can be derived from one’s view of self as a subject, to one’s view of self in relation to the other, and finally one’s identity in terms of relationships to others with shared sets of attributes, vernaculars, conditions, histories, etc. It is within the latter that the exploration of solidarity surfaces when looking at the post-colonial Black subject and their plight to finding their own sense of self in relation to others. In his text British Cultural Studies
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As Selvon moves through the novel, there are more complex suggestions that support the issue of solidarity which can be seen by what Gilroy says is, “another issue that of the social constraints upon the agency of individuals and groups must also be addressed.” (“Pitfalls” 230) In other words, being oppressed as a group, although as a negative, displays the community of the West Indians as a living, breathing, struggling collection in the face of the other. An example of this coercion takes place within the living facilities, workplace, and in common occurrences in every day life. This feeling of oppression and solidarity within the working men can be seen when Galahad is talking to Moses, “Lord, what it is we people do in this world that we have to suffer so? What it is we want that the white people and them find it so hard to give? A little work, a little food, a little place to sleep. We not asking for the sun or the moon. We only want to get by, we don’t even want to get on.” (Selvon 88) By Galahad using the word ‘we’, he brings the men together, as if they are fighting this together, living this together, and struggling in this together. It is within the same passage that Galahad speaks of how his incident finding housing was not specific to him, but to all of them, the West Indians, and blames Black for it because it is Blacks fault that they are not equal. He refers to Black as an awful person, rather than a skin

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