Analysis Of Elizabeth Bowen 's ' A Disoriented National Identity '

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In fact, the way in which Elizabeth Bowen delineates her disoriented national identity becomes the most alluring aspect in the novel. The two family homes, Holme Dene and Mount Morris serve as key representers for London and Ireland respectively. Stella’s visit to Mrs. Kelways house provides her the motivation to shift her thoughts from ignorance to knowledge about Robert. Mount Morris, on the other hand, restores Stella’s vision of her heritage but she quickly realizes that she could never live there due to feelings of inferiority among different societies. Wills incapsulates the “issue of neutrality” for Bowen to be a common occurrence as it “was intensified and took on something of the form of a personal crisis for many of the leading Irish writers of the time” (Wills 121). It is as a result of this perpetual state of neutrality established by Ireland that Bowen, through her actions, struggles to resolute her identity. “Her espionage activities for the British Ministry of Information-visiting Ireland to gather public opinions about Irish neutrality for Churchillian Britain-seem to suggest that her loyalty lay elsewhere”(Nagashima 5). It is not only the danger and the ever-present terror of the war that Bowen depicts in her story, but it’s the loss of identity within the lives of the characters that further exemplifies the lingering solitude. Bowen’s impartial emotional state is pertinent to Stella’s melodramatic dilemma; she is not sure if Harrison is telling the truth…

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