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Son's identity is clearly established
Mother smooths his collar
'play at being Eskimos'
Son has a new identity as a soldier
'blazer' is a reminder
Change when mother moves from bedroom to 'war memorial'
Symbol of family identity
Symbolises his new identity
Mother clings to his original identity
Trying to hear his 'playground voice'
Still her child
Longs for him to return
National identity became important in times of war
Japanese saw being a kamikaze as honourable
'incantations' fill their heads
Patriotic propaganda to promote national identity
Decision to turn round was unpatriotic
Failed duty to his family
Explores tension between family and national identity
Family identity more important to pilot
Family treated him as if he was dead
Lost his identity as father and husband
Checking Out Me History
Personal identity shaped too much by British national identity
Learning about key Caribbean figures to help him develop his identity
'Carving out me identity'
Intends to continue learning
Difficult with permanent outcome
Opening explores importance of history and heritage
'the back of the Koran'
Pages are treasured
'smoothed and stroked'
Like living things
Repetition in reference to 'grand design'
How important family history is in forming identity