The Loss of Identity Portrayed in a Range of Literature

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Report: Loss of Identity portrayed in a range of literature

For my report I chose to look at the loss of Identity portrayed in a range of different literature. The texts that I chose to study were: ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘I am not Esther’ by Fleur Beale, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde and ‘Face Off’ directed by John Woo and written by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary. In all five texts that I studied the theme “loss of identity” was apparent, and in every case the main characters are the ones that experience a loss of identity. In ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ the main characters lead a
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I believe that setting has a major influence on Kirby Greenland from ‘I am not Esther’ as the environment that she is placed in is something that she is not used to and reacts in a negative way. When Kirby is forced to join The Children of the Faith her relatives try change everything about her - her name, appearance, attitude and even the way she talks. “The women of our faith all have biblical names. As do the men... We have given you the name Esther.” This quote explains why Kirby’s relatives want to change her but they don’t have the right to.

In John Woo’s film ‘Face Off’ Sean Archer, FBI agent, is fixated with catching Castor Troy, terrorist; because of their fixation with hurting each other they have both inflicted damage to each other’s personal lives. When the FBI convinces Sean to go undercover as Castor Troy, literally, everything changes. As Sean is now in prison with Castor’s face he is expected to act like Castor Troy. The environment that Sean is in is not a good one as it forces him to do things he wouldn’t normally do which, in time, causes him to forget who he is. Meanwhile, Castor Troy now has Sean’s face and is walking around the FBI office learning about things that a terrorist should not know. I think that in this movie the setting and environment that Sean and Castor are put into are to blame for the loss of their identity. I think this
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