"Sally's story" by Sally Morgan: Impact of family and community on one's identity

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Ploy Woramaris ESL 2013

Demonstrate your understanding of how family and community impacts identity.

There are many factors that can influence one’s identity, either it be place, time, family and community. In psychology and sociology context, identity is a person’s conception and expression of their individuality, we were not born with it, it is not something to do with genetic but it was shaped by the surrounding environment. This paper will focus on how family and community impact one’s identity.

In Sally Story by Sally Morgan, Sally is a girl that slowly learns about her heritage chapter by chapter along with the readers. From the story, it is relevant that Sally give importance to all members in her family. Sally’s father plays an important role in her life especially in the beginning of the story. He is a white soldier that often visits the hospital due to his volatile emotions and the fact that he is alcoholics. His interactions with Sally are more in a positive way as seen from when he was drunk and only Sally can negotiate with him.  However, he tends to have a negative opinion towards Nan who is aboriginal. This might be one of the reasons that encouraged Sally to notice the abnormal treatment of her dad towards Nan and make her curious of where exactly did she come from.

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Another family member that tends to have a little bit bigger impact on Sally’s identity is her mum. Sally’s mum was the one who tends to take care the most about her throughout the story. Also she is the one that told Sally about their family’s heritage at last. Sally’s mum is partly aboriginal but inherited a lot of aboriginal cultures and thinking from Nan. She is afraid of people in high position as much as Nan does and that reflects through Sally’s identity as she goes against the university’s officer about her scholarship. Although a part of Sally ...

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