I. D. Lisette Analysis

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Peyton Kettleband Ms. Phillips American Literature 25 October 2014 Postmodernist characteristics of I.D. Depression is a huge issue in society, making it hard for others to communicate. Joyce Carol Oates’ story “I.D.” showcases the strain depression puts on communication through Lisette’s day-to-day life. This example of postmodernist literature sends the message that communication is key for a strong family relationship, otherwise is leads to isolation, lack of heroes, and detachment. The concern with an individual in isolation shows that Lisette is isolated and doesn’t communicate effectively. Oates clearly shows that when Lisette is, “sitting at her desk in the row by the windows, at the front of the classroom, it made Lisette feel like she was at the edge of a bright-lit room looking in – like she wasn’t part of the class. “ (Oates). Seeing as she feels isolated, she has trouble interacting with others and she couldn’t possibly feel like part of the class given the circumstances. On top of that, the students do not include her because of her appearance. Because of that, she could be left out of conversations, further…show more content…
Lisette will ask, “‘You’re going to talk me with you, Momma, O.K.?’” (Oates). The insecurity that she has when it comes to her mother is apparent because no child who has a healthy relationship with their guardian thinks that they would get left behind if the parent moves away. The faulty communication is further proven when Molina asked, “‘When did you last see your mother, Lisette?’ Shyly Lisette mumbled that she did not know. “(Oates). The fact that her mother does not care to keep in touch with her, nor does she make any attempt to call her more than once shows that they don’t have a strong relationship. The isolation caused by this failure is communication weaken the family bonds between Lisette and her

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