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Belonging to a group means that at some points we are unable to express who we truly are We were born into families that we cant choose The group to which we belong to can help us to become what we want but at the same time can stop us from becoming what we want Sometimes we find ourselves trapped by the traditions and the culture of the group that we belong to which can determine our characteristics However Although our sense of identity can be stifled by the groups to which we belong sometimes we have little control over who we become and in shaping our identity The story the courage of soldiers by Pauline Nguyen demonstrates how our identity is stifled by the groups to which we belong by describing her family life and the physical violence that she faced whilst growing up under the strict rule of her father Once her father punched her three times when she catches the wrong train home and arrived 2 hours late accusing her of meeting her secret boyfriend you will grow up and amount to nothing more than a common whore Her father prevented her from making her own choices and finding her own identity She is made to stay home and work and feel she doesnt belong to any group You are like cars with no direction and I am your steering wheel leading you in the right direction This suggests her fathers cruelty and strict guidelines as he wants her to be what he likes not what she wants to She felt that she cannot discover who she really is because of her father holding her down and not letting her create her own identity However by the end she rebels from her family to search about her real identity and a sense of belongingThe story Are you different by Mia Francis shows that our identity is not always
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