Theme Of Identity In Making History And Spies

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Throughout Making History and Spies the struggle of identity is an occurring theme and how the time period can influence the protagonist’s identity. Making History explores Hugh O’Neill’s struggle as he is forced to choose with his allegiance to the Irish, his birthplace, and his loyalty to England. O’Neill is within the battle of Kinsale; similarly, within Spies, the protagonist Stephen Wheatley is also within a Country at war. During World War two, German Jews escaped the Nazi regime, often to England and were given false English names to detract attention from them being German. This causes confusion for the protagonist of Spies as his name Stephen Wheatley is false, his identity is false and as Stephen revisits his childhood, he sees how…show more content…
Interestingly, Mabel’s death is foreshadowed once again through the use of another gift from Mabel’s 'home’. She receives a gift of seeds in which she can grow, however, is warned not to cross- fertilize them. "Don 't plant the fennel near the dill", this is the defining moment of where O’Neill and Mabel will be destroyed. The two identities cannot survive together, the seeds symbolise growth of something, foreshadowing that Mabel will be pregnant and from seeds, grows flowers. An inevitable end to flowers is that they die which is also foreshadowing of Mabel’s death. The mixing of the two represents the loss of their identity and Mabel becomes lost in-between England and Ireland, she both literally and metaphorically dies of poisoning of the blood, it is the impregnation of Hughes child that poisoned her. Rather like a plant, it needs both sunlight and water to survive, here we can compare the sunlight and water to that of England and Ireland, with too much of both the plant dies and with the loss of both the plant cannot survive, its roots search for the nearest source of water, perhaps in this case the water to Mabel is whether she chooses to 'survive ' on her English identity or her Irish identity. In both Making History and spies something natural is used to symbolise a change, in Spies the smell of liguster brings back memories, unsettled memories. The gift of the seeds from Mabels home in Staffordshire brings back memories, memories that are also unsettled. It is difficult to put into words what the smell of liguster means to the main protagonist of Spies, here we can compare the fact it is difficult for O’Neill to be himself. Whether it be Irish or English. The naturalistic symbols in both Spies and Making History suggests that it cannot be helped, it has not been made by man or by a series of events, it has been a natural

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