Identity Crisis and The No-No Boy

4 April 2015
The following essay discusses the book “The No-No Boy” which follows the identity crisis of a second generation Japanese-American man.

This paper follows the story of Ichiro in “The No-No Boy” who struggles to come to terms with himself and resolve the crisis of feeling like he does not belong in the environment in which he lives. The writer defines what an identity crisis is according to Erikson. This essay concludes that Ichiro?s identity crises is bought on by circumstance and environment.

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?This passage shows us just how badly Ichiro feels about himself and what he has done. The last sentence is particularly powerful and shows us the hopelessness that Ichiro is feeling. It shows us that while he is free physically, he does not feel free. He is trapped by his own struggle. Ichiro?s self-hatred is a result of him questioning who he is and what his place in the world is. He has been in prison for deciding to honour the Japanese, but in the reality of his environment he is American.?

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