Search for One's Identity Essay

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Search for One’s Identity Society is accountable for stereotyping and assembling people into categories in the way, they dress, act, speak, and overall where they come from. In Junot Diaz’s short story “How to Date a Brown girl, White girl, or Halfie,” the narrative acts an instructional manual proposing to offer advice on how to behave on a date depending upon the race and social status of an individual. The narrator, Yunior, struggles to find his identity by trying to balance between his inner self and the environment he is surrounded by. The narrator constantly shifts depictions of both the female and the male's ethnicities and social class to where it is very complicated to establish exactly what type of person is speaking or to whom. However, towards the end of the short story one can identify with the struggle of this Dominican teenager and the approach he must use to manipulate himself in order to please the girls he is trying to date. During the dating lessons the narrator offers, the readers obtain an insight of his inner world and surroundings through the narrator’s actions and behaviors portrayed in the story. Diaz’s struggles of the narrator concentrate on his identity and the preconceived notions about the race of his courter. The narrator’s main concern is that he is lost trying to find his own-self and while attempting to do so, he is misguided because he makes assumptions about his cultures as well as others. Many times individuals pretend to be someone they are not to impress others. In the same manner, the narrator is afraid of being judged so he alters his identity according to the race of the girl he is meeting. The narrator exposes specific characteristics to the readers that show he may be afraid of his social status and ethnicity. By the second paragraph of the story, the theme of identity becomes apparent as the narrator instructs the
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