Andrew Gunadie: Canadian Identity

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1. Andrew Gunadie’s “Canadian, Please” and “He’ll never be a real Canadian” are very different pieces of work, in terms of tone, mode of address, and structure. Discuss how Gunadie uses comedy to critique and question our assumptions about Canadian identity in these two pieces. Following Andrew Gunadie’s two pieces of work “Canadian, please” and “he’ll never be a real Canadian” they have few similarities and many differences based on the messages, the structure and even the tone. To discuss in deep those two pieces, the first emphasis will be on few similarities for critique and then after explore differences and assumptions about Canadian identity. The similarities of two pieces of work are that they all dealing with Canadian national…show more content…
To illustrate this point, the illustration point will be from the poem at fish houses by Elizabeth Bishop and the Negro speaks of rivers by Langston Hughes. Elizabeth Bishop in the poem at fish houses, she uses the theme of identity in presenting the place with her emotional feeling, the way she presented the place, the sea, and the color of the area all of these reveled who she is. Normally, women tend to be attached to nature and loving color. Based on the poem, she expressed woman nature and also presented the loneliness after his grandfather passed away. Many people when they are in difficulty period they intended hide themselves or go in nature to change ideas. In every Elizabeth Bishop poem, the reader can trace her identity and the period of life in which she was living in when writing the…show more content…
Congo and Euphrates rivers they are all have their extreme measure. For example Congo is the deepest, and then he presented Nile and Mississippi. It is well known that Nile and Mississippi were used to trade slaves, persecution and other politics. This may explain his fear of places specifically those rivers. Based on the fact that sometimes rivers serve as mark of boundaries for some countries or area and most of those boundaries were set during the colonisation period, this could be also the reason why Hughes fear of places and rivers in the poem. Hughes in his poem “the Negro speaks to rivers” in the last stanza where he said: “I’ve known rivers; ancient, dusky rivers. My soul has grown deep like the rivers”. He had a very bad feeling about the place. In this stanza the expression here is more that fear of place, is the anger of the places. Hughes had bad and good memories with

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