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Frozen Pot Kims Search for Identity During the first wave of immigration the ethnic composition of the United States had been greatly altered Millions of people from around the world with different religious and cultural beliefs poured into the nation During this short time there were numerous conflicts and tensions as ethnic groups competed for a place in the sun In the long run however the ethnic groups learned to live together peacefully intermarried and assimilated This movement became historically known as the Melting Pot Era Nearly a century later members of society have begun to search for their cultural roots which were once forgotten Much like present societys struggle to find ones identity the main character of Rudyard Kiplings novel Kim is on a personal journey to realize his individuality Kim is seeking to find his place in the country in which he was born while at the same time struggling to find or create an identity for himself At several points of the novel Kim asks himself Who is Kim and What is Kim and although the plot has a flowing structure supported by an exhilarating journey the theme of Kims need to find himself provides a backbone to the story By birth Kim is a white Irish boy Kimball OHara whose father was a soldier in an Irish regiment He has grown up as an orphan on the streets of Lahore a poor white of the very poorest looked after by a half-cast woman with very little morals Kipling 3 With his skin burned black as any native he looks and lives like a low-caste Hindu street-urchin unable to read or write or speak English very well and known to all as Little Friend of all the World 3-5 Kim is neither wholly British nor wholly Indian but a unique mixture o things with fuels his quest for self-identity throughout the entire novel 96 Kim defines his identity during his adventures by
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