THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIETY IN THE MAIN CHARACTER’S SELF-IDENTITY AS AN INDIAN IMMIGRANT REFLECTED IN THE NAMESAKE NOVEL BY JHUMPA LAHIRI

ANGGUN FEBRINA PRAMUDITA, 2211410026 (2015) THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIETY IN THE MAIN CHARACTER’S SELF-IDENTITY AS AN INDIAN IMMIGRANT REFLECTED IN THE NAMESAKE NOVEL BY JHUMPA LAHIRI. Under Graduates thesis, Universitas Negeri Semarang.

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    Abstract

    This study analyzed an Indian-immigrant‟s self-identity development. Self-identity is a person‟s conception and expression of their individually of group affiliations. Identity becomes important for humans because it can provide clarity in reviewing their role and their position in the society where they live and their relations to others. This final project was aimed at analyzing how society influenced the main character‟s self-identity development reflected in The Namesake novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. The objective of the study is answering the statement of problem: first, find out how the the society influences the main character‟s self-identity as an Indian immigrant as reflected in Lahiri‟s The Namesake; second, to describe how the main character‟s self-identity develops as portrayed in Lahiri‟s The Namesake. I used Jhumpa Lahiri‟s novel The Namesake as the object of this study. This study was a descriptive qualitatve study with psychology of literature as the approach. It was because the data of the study are in the form of words, phrases, sentences, narrations, and dialogues. The data were gained by reading the novel thoroughly, identifying, inventroying, and clasifying; then the analysis was done by selecting and explaining. There were several findings as the investigation result. First, the identity crisis on the main character happened after he made his interaction with society that had a different culture to his own culture. This was because the different comprehensions about identities between him, his family culture, India, and the dominant culture environment, America. Finally, he changed his given name to another name that showed his changed self-identity at a whole. This changing name represented a change of culture that he chose. Second, after various conflicts regarding names and cultural identity that he chose, he knew that changing his identity because of the different societies‟ influences did not solve his problem. He realized that move dinamically would help him to live easier in two different cultures.

    Item Type: Thesis (Under Graduates)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Name, Cultural Identity, Self Identity, Immigran, Society
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures > PI1 Indonesia
    P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
    Fakultas: Fakultas Bahasa dan Seni > Sastra Inggris (S1)
    Depositing User: budi santoso perpustakaan
    Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 12:48
    Last Modified: 23 Nov 2015 12:48

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