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Adrienne Rich in her essay Split at the Root An Essay on Jewish Identity writes about her experiences growing up in a predominately gentile society as a half-Jewish half-Gentile being She illuminates the ideas that there are certain assemblages of people in the world that are forced to veil their true identity in order to be accepted in the social order She engages in enlightening the reader about the different methods that some undergo to suppress who they really are through faith race and social attributes and also about the harms and persecutions these people endure In this piece though it is portrayed that perhaps her most predominate theme is that a person becomes an element of hisher society and that people no matter what their faith race or social standing should begin applying new standards toward acceptance Rich writes Common white people might speak of niggers we said Negroes Rich pg 310 In this statement she refers to from a southern perspective an assembly of what was perceived as less educated whites from a middle to low class social standing as the common people The we the class to which Rich belonged was a compilation of individuals who were well kept well educated and of a middle to high class social standing These individuals were accepted in society and well liked by others This was the group that was the standard Yet even as Rich refers to herself as part of this we she goes on to explain her actual opinions and faith and how she is forced to portray herself under the guise of a gentile woman She identifies herself to the reader as the product of a Jewish father and a gentile mother but since the gentile women is the idealized cast she states In Jewish law I cannot consider myself a Jew If it is true that we think back through our mothers if we are women effectively using this as
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