The Great Gatsby's Sense Of Identity

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Race - From a young age Barack became aware that being black meant he was different - Grew up mostly with his white mother and grandparents- in their white world - Race and its importance became the key force in his confusion regarding identity - The historical links including slavery, Civil Rights movement and current problems between black and white communities become paramount in Barack’s world and understanding of self - His mother was very influential in that she taught Barack all about injustice issues and leaders who made a difference – Martin Luther King etc. - Working within Chicago, Barack sees firsthand the hatred black people feel and if he wants do help them he needs…show more content…
Ultimately his grandparents and mother are white, yet he is black and he has to own this and be proud. - Barack definitely begins to feel connected and a sense of belonging as he is working to improve the living conditions on the housing estate. - However Barack knows that his race is not everything – there are other influences such as upbringing, education, environment, and…show more content…
Forgiveness/Moving Forward - Reconciliation is the answer Barack finds - Whether or not one can forgive injustices is debatable but in order to move forward there must be an acceptance of the past and a willingness to move forward - Barack was advised by Frank “that’s just how it is …. so you might as well get used to it” - Non acceptance leads to always wanting to stay stuck in the past as a victim - Barack realizes that suffering is an experience of being human - In the way he keeps trying/staying positive – Barack experiences success within the
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