"Hurry Down Sunshine": Discovering Identity What is identity? American author Chandler Brossard wrote that: "Identity is simply a kind of negotiation individuals make with other individuals to give each other the illusion of separate independence" (Chang 382). To that extent, identity can be defined as the understanding an individual has of his or her self in relationship to others within society. If this is an accurate definition, identity is something that is continually in adjustment. Identity can never be fixed, but is a fluid concept. For fifteen year old Sally in Michael Greenberg’s Hurry Down Sunshine, identity becomes as hard to pin down as a “great blizzard or flood” (Greenberg 4). Greenberg writes: “On July 5th, 1996, my daughter...The end:
.....omised brain to accomplish. Thankfully, for her and for her father Michael, medication and therapy eventually make it possible for the identity of Sally to ‘return’. In truth, it never really went anywhere. Her illness is a part of who she is, and is something that must be accepted by her father, and by Sally. This acceptance demonstrates the progress of identity that both characters are able to make in the course of the narrative, and demonstrate the tenuous tie we all have to what we take for granted- our identity. Works Cited Chang, Larry. Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing. 1 ed. New York: Gnosophia Publishers, 2006. Print. Greenberg, Michael. Hurry Down Sunshine. Albany: Other Press, 2008. Print.