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In the article Homeland by Anna Maria Delloso the issue of identity in particular cultural identity is thoroughly explored by the composer It is mainly about how identity is passed on from generation to generation changes over time and is influenced by a persons surroundings The composer conveys this through her use of symbolism and sharp and often humourous contrast It is about her search to find her Italian identity while at the same time her mother loses some of her Italian identity because of changes influenced by time and surroundings The composer shows that cultural identity is passed on from one generation to another and that it may change or be lost due to a persons surroundings by the intertwining structure of this article She reminisces about her childhood while at the same time telling how her mothers perception of Italy is not living up to expectations she searches for her identity while her mother loses some of hers The composers use of emotive language evokes a sense of nostalgia in responders My fathers dream was to sit in the sun with the old menlighting candles in a wind-swept churchsit in the sun of sepia photographs Then the truth is slowly revealed often through the form of letter excerpts from her mother She didnt recognise her sisterswinded by the force of time Finally there is the final sharp contrasting image It was all McDonalds and pigeon shit This continues on throughout the text each time emotions and nostalgia is induced by the composer and each time it is shattered by the startling contrast of reality Through this contrast the composer is gradually finding her sense of identity while her mother realises that her Italian identity has changed over time finally coming to terms with it in the final letter excerpt All is lost here the country has changedyoung people no longer want to work and the doctors are fools Although there is some exaggeration
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