Discuss the postmodernist element in ‘Split at the Root’

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    drienne Rich, in her essay “Split at the Root: An Essay on Jewish Identity”, writes about her experiences growing up in a predominately gentile society as a half-Jewish, half-Gentile being. She illuminates the ideas that there are certain assemblages of people in the world that are forced to veil their true identity in order to be accepted in the social order. She engages in enlightening the reader about the different methods that some undergo to suppress who they really are, through faith, race, and social attributes, and also about the harms and persecutions these people endure. In this piece though it is portrayed that perhaps her most predominate theme is that a person becomes an element of his/her society and that people, no matter what their faith, race, or social standing, should begin applying new standards toward acceptance.
    Rich writes, ” ‘Common’ white people might speak of ‘niggers’ – we said ‘Negroes'” (Rich pg. 310). In this statement she refers to, from a southern perspective, an assembly of what was perceived as less educated whites from a middle to low class social standing as the “common” people. The we, the class to which Rich belonged, was a compilation of individuals who were, well kept, well educated and of a middle to high class social standing. These individuals were accepted in society and well liked by others. This was the group that was the standard. Yet, even as Rich refers to herself as part of this “we”, she goes on to explain her actual opinions and faith, and how she is forced to portray herself under the guise of a gentile woman. She identifies herself to the reader, as the product of a Jewish father and a gentile mother, but since the gentile women is the idealized cast she states, “In Jewish law I cannot consider myself a Jew. If it is true that ‘we think back through our mothers if we are women’, ” e…

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