Dimas’ Expression of His Identity as an Indonesian in Leila S. Chudori’s “Pulang”

Irene Priscilla Wibowo


In this study, I observe the way the character in Leila S. Chudori’s, Pulang, preserves his identity in a foreign country. In analyzing the novel, I use the theory of social symbols by George H. Mead. In the analysis, I find that Dimas uses symbols as Indonesians to preserve his identity. By doing so, he gets the acknowledgement by the Indonesian community as a part of its member even though he lives in different nation. This shows Dimas perceives his identity because he is aware that he is part of Indonesian community. As a result, Dimas can preserve his identity as an Indonesian even though he lives far away from Indonesia.


Expression; Identity; Social; Symbols; Preserve

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.9744/katakita.6.1.81-88


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