Cultural Identity In Pat Barker's Regeneration

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Cultural and societal identities have been characterised throughout history using a variety of mediums. As illustrated by many authors; such as Roy, Barker or Barnes, the written word, can be among the most powerful form of rhetoric, giving society the “stamp” of identity as chosen by the author.

Culture and society can be described as the defining expression of our identity, national or otherwise.
Group identity begins with the basic patterning of social cohesion such as inherited knowledge, beliefs and our societal behaviours. Additionally, one’s cultural identity consists of language, customs, beliefs, symbolism and ceremony. Because of this every human society, past or present has its own specific culture. There are of course variances between each group’s social systems. This is because the individual social sets adapt to the time and place in which they are formed and due to the resources available to them.
Each individual 's values, ideals, and beliefs are significantly influenced by the cultural society in which they live. This again creates a socially cohesive identity, yet
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They would instead substitute individuality to become part of a mass produced ideal and as such part of a repressive state authority as shown in Pat Barker’s novel ‘Regeneration’ where a man was only acceptable as a man if he did not give in to fear or empathy. Additionally in Roy’s, ‘God of Small Things,’ Althusser shows that the main dictates of culture and society create the patterning of our human behaviours toward one another. This pattering will only alter if the voices of the few can actually out vocalise that of the many. This begs the question though of whether they would want to if the voice of the many actually speaks for the benefit of them through textual context or

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