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If you give anything time it can change, especially identity. There are two types of identities individual and group, individual identity are oneself’s characteristics it is what distinguishes and separates us from other people and group identity is a primary human behaviour to form groups around any observed or imagined difference on both physical and mental characteristics. Good afternoon/morning fellow citizens of Australia, today I am going to discuss how time changes someones sense of identity and shapes who we really are even from individual to group through a novel called ‘The Wave’ by Morton Rhue, a film called Two Hands directed by Gregor Jordan and a poem called There I Am by Liz Linn.

The way identity is changed over time is supported in the novel The Wave by Morton Rhue through the themes such as individuality versus conformity, doctrinisation, peer pressure, justice for all and intimidation illustrated through the actions of the characters. Laurie’s sense of identity is revealed through a rhetorical question and colloquial language, “couldn’t they give up their frisbees and cigarettes and suntans for just a few day in order to get an issue of the paper out on time?” conveying Laurie’s frustration and establishing that Laurie is an individual who works to achieve, she is self motivated and relies on herself to get things done. Overtime Laurie’s individuality is slowly getting taken away from her, in the making of The Wave when they were chanting the slogan: “Strength Through Discipline, Strength Through Community. A few students, including Laurie and Brad, did not join them......finally laurie rose,” therefore indicates that Laurie is losing her individual identity and is taking on the group identity of The Wave as Laurie’s mum said,”But it just doesn’t sound like the right thing for you, Laurie.....we’ve raised you to be an individual”, expressing Mrs Saunders concern about what The Wave is turning Laurie into. Robert Billings is the class loser,...
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