The topic which questions different
aspects of my life and how it has transformed me into the person I am today is
one I actually find myself coming back to often, and each time it gets harder
to pinpoint exactly what it is. So what makes this essay difficult to
comprehend upon is the process of making a narrative for those who are
interested in having a prospect on the world from a different point of view and
putting into light matters that may be overlooked.

The notion of the individuality is
perhaps one of the most basic foundations of culture. This also brings to the light
the definition of culture which I will be using; Geertz’s (1973) definition of
culture. Geertz defines culture as “a system of inherited conceptions expressed
in symbolic forms by means of which people communicate, perpetuate, and
develop their knowledge about and attitudes toward life” (p. 89). Also, Freeman
(1997) speculates that narratives do not reflect a culture; rather they
actually form a culture. Other narrative theorists agree that the “cultural
self” is derived from memory models (Nelson, 2004, p. 87). I agree that
narratives about the self are culturally positioned and to simply put it, “‘my
story’ can never be wholly mine, alone, because I define and articulate my
existence with and among others” (Freeman, 2001, p. 287). There are many
aspects in which I could touch upon within my life which I believe that has
shaped me, but I want to focus on a main theme which is ‘othering’. Within my
autobiographical essay, I touch upon topics of racism, sexism and labelling in
accordance with ‘othering’ and how this has shaped me to be the person I am
today. In other words, if I were to dig much deeper into it, I would view
myself through the experiences and through the people who have played a role in
my life. Through this idea, it helps to explain my self-concept as I consider
this essay as transformative for me provided I have theorised many aspects of
my identity along with it.

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