The Self as a Writing Concept

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How does one get an identity? This is one of the questions that sociologists have tried to unravel for some time now. Many argue that the self is created and nurtured by the society and cultures we interact with and is therefore capable of change and adjustments. Carrying this argument in literary works, the self as portrayed in narratives is not only dependent on the narrator but all the characters and the setting of the story. In this paper I will define the “self” in the writing concept and how this concept has been used in the book “Jordan, Mary Ellen 2005, Balanda: My Year in Arnhem Land'. The author a young single white woman leaves her home and goes to Maningrida where she hopes to learn more about the cultures there. The only…show more content…
62). In writing an autobiography the narrator in this case is also the protagonist and the essence is to make the two of them meet and be one. It is only through this way that the reader is introduced to the narrator. It is also the only way the narrator can identify himself or herself to the reader. Bruner argued that the main task of the narrator is to find the protagonist and bring him forth to a point where they become one Bruner (p. 27). According to him the narrator is usually in the present but the protagonist is in the past. The job of the narrator will be then to bring out the protagonist. Bruner (p. 27). Writing in the self means, personally introducing the reader into your life. The use of present tense and the first person pronoun makes the reader see the world through the eyes of the narrator. “What after all is an autobiography? It consists of the following. A narrator, in the here and now, takes upon himself or herself the task of describing the progress of a protagonist in the there and then, one who happens to share his name. He must by convention bring that protagonist from the past into the present in such a way that the protagonist and the narrator eventually fuse and become one person with a shared consciousness.” Bruner (p. 27) The self is therefore the subject he or she is the one who experiences everything and who feels everything in the narrative. The self must be

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