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Identities By: Wd Valgardson

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Melissa MacIntyre

on 12 March 2015

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Identities By: Wd Valgardson
Background Info On Author
William Dempsey Valgardson
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba 1939
Writing often influences on cultural differences (symbolism/irony)
Short story writer

The "North" is considered the ghetto in "Identities"
An actual place in Winnipeg with high crime rates

symbolizes the protagonists identity
Unshaven face, blue ripped jeans

represents his mistaken identity, categorized based on appearance

Things to Think About
What is an identity to you?

How does the title relate to the theme?

Could this have been the protagonist's karma for leaving his home during a mid life crisis?

Lives in a wealthy neighbourhood and lives a high class life
Going through a rough time and decides to leave
Protagonists appearance changes
Drives into the "North" or bad area of his city
So distracted with his surroundings he doesn't recognize a police officer following him
The officer thinks the protagonist stole the Mercedes Benz
Seeing the officer he feels a sense of relief
The protagonist reaches in his pocket to get his identity but gets shot
Applying The 5 W's to "Identities"
The officer and the protagonist (unshaven man)

Protagonist leaves home and goes to the ghetto, gets pulled over by the officer and shot

Believed to be Manitoba, Winnipeg (the North)


Man is going through a midlife crisis
Violent and Car Crime in 2006
Story was published in 2006
- To inform the reader of the importance of self identity/ not to judge others identity prematurely

- Adults struggling to find their identity and who they are

- Human significance (major issue dealt with neighbourhood)

- sad/fearful (going through a midlife crisis, "Retracing is impossible. He is overtaken by sudden guilt."
When the officer stops the protagonist, being inexperienced anything could happen from this point on
- Alberta, small town
-"North"; ghetto end + richer area
-Man being wealthy living in nicer area
-Thought of to be doing bad things when seen in bad end of town
Point of View
Setting- Both men stereotyped due to where they come from as
To Kill a Mockingbird
- Atticus white, considered to be rich
- Supposed to hate black people due to where he lives
- Really has no problem with them
- Alabama, very racist society
- Man's (protagonist') perspective
- Learn who he is as a person + his thoughts
- Rather than everyone elses perceptions on him
- We see how author portrays character/only gives one perspective
- Learn who they are as people
- Seeing things from their perspective changes the context in how the story is perceived
We tend to see things as we are(our stereotype) and not for who someone truly is
Point of View
Unfair Judgement
through stereotypes about another person's identity that leads to further issues

Identity Being Significant
makes you who you are
no one should have the right to judge another's identity

To Kill a Mockingbird
- Scout's perspective
- Reading it we learn her struggles + who she is
- Would be seen as different person if narrated by someone else
-Protagonist drives through the "North" but doesn't get hurt by the considered "bad people" who made him nervous
-Gets hurt by the one who made him feel safest
To Kill a Mockingbird
- Bob Ewell's daughter Mayella puts the blame on Tom Robinson, she knows he will get prosecuted (black)
-Is found guilty, ironically it was a white man (Bob) that hurt Mayella
-both stories, a character is categorized as doing something wrong based on their identity/appearance
Discussion Questions to Further Thinking?
Why do you think the protagonist felt safe even when being held at gun point?

Do you think the protagonist himself portrayed a stereotype against anyone in the story? (quote)

Any idea of why the protagonist drove to that specific place (North)?

What was the difference between the protagonist's idea of an identity and the officers?
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