INTRODUCTIONThe role played by history in the construction of cultural identity is very vital. It is the amalgamation of the feeling of being identically identified in a large group or culture. It is the construction that gets effected by the contributions made by the social set up of an individual and predominant influences the particular group or culture to which belongs. Cultural identity is more likely got the tendency of overlapping with identity politics but is equally different from it. As I read this piece of art I discovered th catastrophic difference between cultural identity and identity politics; that is very likely to occupy the minds of people in general.
Identity politics is a considerable way to recognise nonconformist attitude of constructing identity. It is thus a means that has got more political intervention than the social interpretation. I have realised this in the Bernhard Schlink’s novel Der Vorleser; that has been later translated by Brown Janeway as The Reader (Schlink, Bernhard, The Reader. 1995; English translation 1997 by Carol Brown Janeway). It is a simple story discussing the construction of individual identity.
It is a creative manipulation that results from the relationship between the perpetrator generation of WWII and the generation that followed it. The attempt is very peculiar. The author has dealt with the issue of ‘obedience’ in reference to the prevailing generation gap that the cause of psychological and political aspect of Germany at that time. CONTEXTUAL ANALYSISAs the over the contextual analysis I trying to look at various problematic aspects as has been dealt by Schlink in this book. the issue of Hanna's culpability in the Final Solution; we get a kind of naked representation of cultural crisis in the construction of identity.
For some it may be a tale about sex and love; but I find it an absolute construction of the phenomena that prevailed out of the shame in post-war Germany. As we find the protagonist, Michael Berg who is just 15 and is the verge of realising his own cultural existence; he encounters an obsessive affair with older woman named Hanna. The character of Hanna has been introduced to bring about personality related to Germany's Nazi past and the post-war.
The role as has been played by Michael Berg is to stand for the identity crisis of his generation amidst the question of the knowledge of the. in his word"We should not believe we can comprehend the incomprehensible, we may not compare the incomparable. ... Should we only fall silent in revulsion, shame, and guilt? To what purpose? " As we proceed with the novel we discover that Schlink's is free from unnecessary imagery and irrelevant dialogues. The narrative technique of Schlink is to commit a breach in the gap between Germany's pre- and post-war generations.
He is very adamant in making the margin very clear between the guilty and the innocent. Along with this there is a role that has been played by noise and words as compared to the prevalent silence of the WWII’s historical impact over the construction of cultural identity. .