Essay on The Identity / Post Colonial Lens

1017 Words May 13th, 2016 5 Pages
The identity/post-colonial lens is an additional lens in which a reader can read through. In this lens, the reader looks for examples of how a person’s self-image is affected by how others nearby see him or her, along with also looking at how one culture naturally has power over another in the vicinity. The reader will look for characters who are affected by the world and different cultures around him or her, analyzing the effects these have on the characters. People who are only post-colonial critics, they usually “[look] at issues of power, economics, politics, religion, and culture and how these elements work in relation to colonial hegemony (western colonizers controlling the colonized)” (Brizee “Post-Colonial”). This is because those issues tend to be what gives one culture more power over another. For people who are only identity critics, “groups… which people belonged to were an important source of pride and self-esteem…, [since they] give us a sense of social identity: a sense of belonging to the social world” (McLeod 1). Most people are always trying to fit into the social world, and they do this by trying to match the liking of others around them, based on how others view them. This in turn creates their identity, which is what the identity critic looks for and analyzes. When reading through the identity/post-colonial lens, the reader may look for people or groups the piece identifies as the stranger or other, along with examples of how one culture…

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