Dreams From My Father
Throughout Dreams From My Father, an autobiography by Barack Obama, many different concepts are examined in relation to the individual, the community, and how the two relate or conflict with each other. Barack’s identity is located and defined as an individual who developed his own beliefs and morals with disregard to the negativity of the community. His identity is then held when he grows with the beliefs, remaining true to what he supports throughout his life. Meanwhile the concept of a community is demonstrated through Barack’s determination to organize community movements in an attempt to bring people together. It is then seen how a community is sustained in that when people come together and help each other for a similar cause, the community is able to develop and prosper. The interests of an individual versus the interests of a community are then examined. In turn the conflicts that may arise between the two, how the tensions effect personal interests, and how the perceptions of an individual effects the community, are shown through Barack’s mother’s adolescent experiences and later in his own. Barack explains to the readers how his self awareness and identity came about through different experiences throughout his life.
One thing that defines and locates an individual are his or her personal interests. An individual is noticed by supporting their personal beliefs and morals despite the notion of others, conflicting or not. In one case, a personal interest of Barack’s is arranging activities to unify the community and assist in the unity of its citizens. Barack believed
“Through organizing, through shared sacrifice, membership [would be] earned… because membership was earned- because this community [he] imagined was… built on the promise that the larger American community, black, white, and brown, could somehow redefine itself- [he] believed that it might… admit the uniqueness of [his] own life… [he] wrote to every civil rights...