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Analysis Of The Short Story "Integration"

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Essay of the short-story "Integration"A) ResumeThe narrator of the short-story "Integration" is John, an Indian man who looks back at his younger life. In the beginning he imagines his birth. He is not sure of his mother's exact origins, but she is from one out of several Indian tribes in the USA. She is a beautiful girl and very young when she is giving birth to John. Right after his birth he is being fetched by a helicopter and flown to a rich, white couple who apparently have adopted him. In high school, John is the only Indian person, but it doesn't seem to cause him any problems. He still has friends and girlfriends too, though all his relationships with girls end quickly. Even though the girls have never intimated it, John is convinced that they break up with him because of their fathers' dislike of him being different than the other American boys. In spite of the fact that the school treats John as being successfully integrated, he is not treated exactly like the other students and the teachers often make exceptions for him because of his people's history. After finishing high school, John comes across old friends when shopping for an example. He asks and answers questions politely, without really starting any bigger conversation, and after a while he starts disregarding their greetings.B)The main character of the short-story "Integration" is John, an Indian man who looks back at his childhood and youth. He is taken away from his mother at birth and flown to a white and rich couple, "Five acres of green, green, grass. A large house. Swimming pool, page 3, line 85-86." He has always been surrounded by white people, and a desire of knowing his real origins grows inside of him throughout the story as he learns that his people were and are treaded differently.He has always been aware of the fact that he is different from his new family and friends, and he has wondered in what this difference consists. However, it is clear that he has never been treaded as being lower to the white race, but actually the kind of contrary. This is shown every time his teachers are making exceptions for him. Another place that shows how his upbringing have been is on page 2, line 28, where he tells that all the new-born babies are very beautiful - both the white and the Indians. The fact that he even bothers to mention a thing like this might seem like common behaviour and gives us the feeling that John has often been told that both races should be treaded equally. And that could be why he cannot accept that people are treading him as someone special. He just wants to be like anyone else, normal, ordinary and boring. He states a few times that he wants to be "a real person", for an example on page 6, line 168.John always acts like the nice, young man, but he represses his emotions and feelings that therefore gradually pile up inside him. This eventually results in his daily visits at the bathroom where he all by himself can try to fight all his anger and...

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