In this essay, I will make connections between the four texts I have studied. The connection that I have between all the four texts that I have studied is the loss of culture and identity. In the book ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian’ written by Sherman Alexie, Also ‘Feelings and Memory of a Kuia’ by Apriana Taylor, ‘Presents from my aunt in Pakistan’ by Moniza Alvi and ‘Search for my tongue’ Sujata Bhatt, the theme of loss of identity is apparent.
The novel ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian’ relates to the theme of Native Amerian Indian loss of culture and identity. The book is about a boy who lives on a small reservation, he is persuaded to go to a school in a white town to give him hope of achieving. This action is frowned upon by everyone socially, he was not accepted by the community on the reservation or at the white school. He never feels welcome because of his culture and how that identifies him, ‘travelling between Reardan and Wellpinit, between the little white town and the reservation, I always felt like a stranger. I was half Indian in one place and half white in the other’. Sherman Alexie wants us to understand that this challenges his sense of identity within his culture.
Another character whose sense of identity is challenged is the narrator in the poem ‘Feelings and Memories of a Kuia’ relates to the theme about the loss of culture and identity. This poem is about a cultured Maori Lady who senses that the Maori culture is being lost or is being shaped by the whites, this is shown by ‘it seems to me that the closer the Pakeha got to us the more difficult it was for us to live’. I think this illustrates that the closer the whites came to the Maori, the more they were losing their culture as they were adapting to the white culture. She feels strongly about her own identity as when writing about the loss of culture she always separates herself from the rest of the community, ‘These Maori today are not Maori’. She compares and contrasts the past to the present, showing how strong the culture was back then compared to now. I think that she feels as if all her tribe and community is losing the sense of culture and therefore they will lose their identity along with it. Apriana Taylor wants us to understand that some people may feel the loss of culture and identity as time goes on and old traditions are forgotten.
The poem ‘Search For My Tongue’ relates to the theme about the loss of culture and identity. The author of the poem is a multi lingual...