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THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY In her novel Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison tells a story of Bone and the Boatwrights a family besieged by poverty and violence Throughout the novel the reader uncovers the lives of all the different characters and discovering the identity of these characters plays a large role in understanding the novel as a whole Within the Boatwright family are women who are constantly faced with the struggle of finding themselves in a patriarchal society Anney Alma and Raylene each have their own characteristics and ideals and as the novel progresses Bone successively displays identity characteristics of each of these women To Bone these women exemplify the different levels of independence that a woman can achieve in such a society In the end while Alma and Anney are unable to break free from a male-driven society Raylene remains independent and Bone finds her own identity through her experiences Bones aunt Alma does not have her own identity- she relies on men and children to form her identity for her She is married to Wade a man who consistently has extramarital affairs Alma had finally caught Wade doing just what hed been doing for years 83 and moved out with her children only to break under the stress of not having a man in the household Alma had sworn she wouldnt have Wade back in her life till he crawled the length of Main Street singing what a dog he was but when the baby got sick and the boys started running around at night she gave it up and moved back in with him 90-91 Though Wade blatantly disrespects her in every way Alma lacks the strength and ability to leave him for good because doing so would strip her of the only identity that she has possessed for years After asking Wade to give her another baby he laughs at Alma saying that he wouldnt touch her
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