Identity is a very important facet in our world.

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Identity is a very important facet in our world. Our identity tells us who we are, and determines how we live our lives. There are many texts that explore the aspects of identity, which create various identities in many different ways. Such texts that will be examined include "Homeland", "The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock", and "Looking for Alibrandi". Each of these different text types employs various techniques to create identity, ranging from film and convention techniques to characterisation, humour, symbolism, and the use of imagery.

The article, "Homeland" by Anna Maria Dell'oso, explores a young Italian girl's search for her identity, as she struggles to re-kindle that special bond that would normally exist between mother and daughter, and consolidate her sense of heritage and "Italianism". It also focuses on her mother, struggling to admit that the past is gone, and searching for her identity as she endeavors to accept the present, and future.

Both women possess fiery identities seeming irritable and hot-tempered, however on the inside they are both struggling to discover their true identity. This article explores the nature of identity through encompassing symbolism, and imagery such as nostalgic images of the past.

Throughout the article, the narrator constantly refers to a "key". Physically, this is the key she has to her parent's house, but she also refers to the key as the missing link between mother and daughter. "...the key a woman fishes from her womb to give her daughter". The key has become a symbol of what has never existed between her and her mother, a special bond or connection. "That secret thing that is unlocked from mother to daughter, was never given to me but passed straight on...". Because of this, she feels somewhat distant from her mother and her...