Identity Essay

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Identity is what we are, who we are and how we see ourselves. Everyone has a different sense of identity, shaped by our choices, our surroundings and society. Our sense of belonging shapes our identity, which makes each and every one of us unique. My related text, Unpolished Gem shares its similarities with A.D. Hope's poem The Death of the Bird in terms of context and theme. In my related text, we delve deep into the life of Alice Pung, as it presents a series of events as a 'flashback' where she was still a child, living in Cambodia. the flashback effect emphasises her brief but strong background culture. In both The Death of the Bird and Unpolished Gem, both the characters are strongly connected to their places. The bird in the poem has strong ties to both its home and destination as mentioned in the poem 'Year after year a speck on the map, divided'. Alice, maintains a close, strong relationship with her grandmother, even after they came to Australia as refugees. She was heavily reliant on the family, and stuck between mother and grandmother as the two of them did not get along well. The bird also shows signs of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, as shown in the line 'aware of ghosts that haunt the heart's possession'. The texts both include an unfortunate event; ending with the death of a loved one. In The Death of the Bird, it explicitly presents the fact that 'For every bird there is this last migration' which can be linked to Alice's presence at her grandmother's deathbed 'as she coughed violently, she drew her last breath'. These two ideas convey a sad undertone, as they describe the events which were to follow with the character's inevitable death. However, in the poem, it is more of an instantaneous transition between life and death, with no detailed description of its suffering; instead, the poem ends with a subtle message of death

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