Cultural Identity : The Color Of Water Essay

1031 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
Cultural Identity “A person without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”(Garvey).Who are you? Where do you come from? What are your values, beliefs and interests? Culture is formed through our knowledge, beliefs and behavior from which we learn from our families based on our personal upbringing. Some people are not aware of their cultural identity, and this is certainly evident in The Color of Water. A majority of people lack the knowledge of their cultural origin and find it difficult to function in a world with diverse cultural backgrounds. Many people struggle with their cultural identity and this can be seen in Ruth’s struggle in her community, my ethnic background and identity and the struggle of adolescents finding a sense of themselves. Ruth had many struggles in her childhood that took place in her community.Rachel Shilsky was born an Orthodox Jew to a family that originated from Poland. Rachel possessed another identity as she was declared “dead” in her family “I’m dead….they want no parts of me and me I don’t want no parts of them” (McBride1). She developed the identity of being Ruth McBride Jordan, dropping her Jewish religion and converting to a full pledged Christian. During the period of Ruth 's lifetime of being a Jew, she had many restrictions and traditions towards her culture, the food she ate, her associations around her community and her practice of religion. She lived in an era where race was crucial,…

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