The Autobiography Of Holsley's Autobiography For Horsley

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The autobiography for Horsley was not a self-revelatory exercise in truth. The format supported the construction of a mythical identity which attempted to align himself alongside those he emulated. The relationship between myth and personality is characterised by the myth being a projection of the internal identity of an individual through a visualised image (Bruner 1959: 349-350). While personal narrative expresses identity, it also creates an identity but with Horsley, it did not create his identity, his identity already existed. Personal narrative contributed to Horsley’s myth by leaving a lasting version of an identity which could not be altered, society contributed to the creation of the myth by believing it. Bruner states that the power of myth lies in that fact that it “lives on the feather line between fantasy and reality” (1959:352) making it a liminal state. In Horsley’s case, the myth of his identity exists “betwixt and between the normal day-to-day cultural and social state” (Turner 1979:465) and also wider society and patterns of routine living. Horsley’s identity also existed somewhere between truth and fiction because it comprised both. If the function of the performance is regarded as a social method of achievement, rather than a mere side effect of a person (Goffman 1959: 83 Burns 1992: 116), it can be seen how Horsley performed a social mythology to achieve his worth or cultural significance through the legacy of his identity. Consequently, it can be

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