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Vladimir jean In Philosophy the word identity is used to designate a sense of self that develops in the course of a mans life and that both relates him to and sets him apart from his social milieu To talk about our identity we try to answer the question Who am I Identity gives us a location in the world and presents the link between us and the society in which we live We have different kinds of identity national identity social identity culturalracial identity class identity familial identity gender identity sexual identity etc Some people say all these identities are formed beyond our control but I believe this not to be the case Society politics and experiences can greatly influence a persons identity but do not create a persons true identity A believe a persons identity is under their immediate control There is a persons true personality and the one they choose to respond to society with This is true in the case of Martin Van der Vyver a character of the short story The Moment Before The Gun Went Off written by author Nadine Gordimer A story set in South Africa during the days of apartheid The story takes place in South Africa on Marais Van Dr Vyvers large farm presumably in the 80s or 90s Marais Van der Vyver is a white South African man of Dutch descent the region Party leader and Commandant of the local security commando Van der Vyver is married to Alida but has had a secret affair to a black woman thus resulted in a son Lucas Lucas probably does not know that Van der Vyver is his father or at least we are not told so in the text Lucas is also one of Van der Vyvers black employees One day Van der Vyver took Lucas hunting as they had done several times before Lucas stood back on the truck to point
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