SEARCH: The Journal of the South East Asia Research Centre for Communication and Humanities

, 7:4

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Critical Analysis Of Multiphernia and Identity in Two Selected Malaysian Novels


The texts that have been selected to analyse multiphrenia and identity issues are Green is the Color by Lloyd Fernando and Mr.Tang’s Girls by Shirley Lim. In this paper, I discuss how post-modern characteristics of self-creation define the protoganist’s identity while in the second novel, I explore the influence of patriarchal society on the shaping of the protagonist’s identity. The patriarchal society for which the protagonist’s father is an example is considered the ‘other’ as seen in Burke and Stets’ (2009) ‘the nature of the individual depends upon the society in which he or she lives’.


Identity multiphrenia patriarchy oppression