The concept of identity and it’s ‘shifting influences’ has many forms such as; cultural, social, community, racial, sex and so on. These leave many in society with a “label” or stereotype to their name if they are out of place, unique, ‘one of a kind’ or just being themselves and society doesn’t condone this. Such examples would be the novel RAW by Scott Monk and School Ties by Robert Mandel and the short story ‘A bullying Story’** by Peter Leavitt all show influences in society where people become someone who they are not.
In the novel RAW the main character Brett is portrayed as the low life scum in society, the boy who came from a some what bad child hood. Who doesn’t have rules for society and is ill equipped to understand that calling police “pigs” and the past that he had that wasn’t the best would be an understatement “the cops would regard him as a escaped felon, a wanted fugitive”. To Brett who seemed not to have a chance in society and wasn’t the best at school and had no focus in life the stereotype of teenagers are not put onto the young generation.
For the stereotype of teenagers as no good, budging the system has now put upon the young people of Australia. Brett Dalton who when is sent to the farm instantly puts up a wall against his holders especially Sam who does try to help him yet finds it frustrating. “Looking for a tissue” a boy named Josh who meets Brett who instantly clashes Brett replies “No” this is a example of imperative language. Thus meaning he has no voice of his own. His own intrinsic view of himself does regard him as a tough guy, no one can ‘tame him’ a wild child. The inmates hated him. Sam hated him” a thought Brett has to himself showing no self confidence and a declarative statement he gives to himself. These are examples of repetition “hate” and high modality. He uses hate. Not dislike he has a thought they hate him and thats all. Ones own self can reject themselves in society and there identity, you can accept and live on or be stubborn and fight; Brett decides he is strong and not just a child. Yet his extrinsic view showed a contrast in things.
Firm round jaw was rarely softened by a smile” this an example of accumulation, “his eyes.. the kind that left people cold” a metaphor and a hyperbole. “always looking for trouble.. always scheming” this is high modality and repetition. Brett decides his role in society must change he then turns himself around from meeting a girl named Caitlyn whom he falls in love with and tries to change himself for the better of her “Brett double checked that he looked respectable”. I don’t want to get into a fight “don’t touch me” these all show that he has changed and matured into a sensible young adult. The film ‘school ties’ is about a young jewish boy David Green who is ‘bought’ for a Catholic school to play football and win for them. The reaction towards the school shows he a outsider, the use of costume he is wearing a bomber jacket and the majority suits bland colour suits. The film represents on how an outsider may hide or not tell in a conversation that he is different because of his religion.
Many of the boys who david becomes very good friends with reject him and push him away when they find out his Jewish. A boy named Dillion tells a racist joke about Jewish people that the stereotype that they are all very stingy with their money “.. star in the sky so 20,000 jews joined the air force” a very derogative statement about a religion, when another boy questions them and tries to change their mind they say “reece-berg” berg meaning a jewish name asking if he is still one of them.
David triumphs in the end to show these ‘privileged’ boys he can over come anything, the changing moment when David decides to put back on his necklace the star of David from which he took it off so the boys did not see he was a Jew. My last text is about a ‘bullying story’ that society does not stop bullies many victims in which start to change there personality about it which then ends up changing there extrinsic view. “I got bullying on my mind in light of the girl in the news recently who committed suicide after being persistently bullied by some of her peers.
He writes to show many of the victims turn to suicide as a last resort. That the influences of these bullies that take these innocent victims and sodomise them for being different makes them change themselves and there identity. Overall identity changes in all of us. We will not be the same in years to come yet it is evident that influences in society from television, family, friends overall society changes us. From the tough times in life, this is what we use to make ourselves into a better and more certain of ourselves identity