Does society forces immigrants into becoming Anon(Ymous). FINAL PAPER

Steeve Moliere

ENG 102: Writing Through Literature

Prof: Jay Polish

Tuesday, May 8th

 

Anon (Ymous)   

 

Does society forces immigrants into becoming Anon(Ymous).

 

Anon(Ymous), the play that left its audience with more questions than answers, the play that left me with unquenchable desire to know more; was written by Naomi Iizuka and was published in 2007. The playwriter took us on a journey, where the protagonist of the story was introduced. A young refugee that goes by multiple names and each different name had their own unique stories to share and also their own nightmare to face. “Where I come from mines are planted in the roads like deadly flowers, and the air smells like death, rank and sticky sweet”1[2] (Iizuka, Anon, 2). Anon was a refugee who fled his home country due to an endless war, where being civilize held no apparent meaning. For safety purposes, Anon and his mother had decided to migrate somewhere safer but during their voyage, they were separated in a storm. The play enfolds various controversial themes such as border crossings, wars, dehumanization, immigration, sexual harassment, and the endeavor to identify one’s identity in the midst of all the unstable chaotic shifts and forced dream sequences. Although, as essential each one of these themes were to further develop the characteristics of the characters, the audience should ask themselves: Does our society forces immigrants into becoming anonymous

Truth be told, to be able to fully comprehend the meaning behind the play and this research paper, I must first break down the author past life.  Naomi Iizuka was “born on April 22 ,1965” (Iizuka, Wikipedia), in Tokyo but grew up in Japan, Indonesia, The Netherlands and Washington D.C. With Iizuka’s mother being an American Latina and her father being Japanese, her life was very complicated as a teenager, she never completely fit anywhere due to her multicultural background. Nonetheless, Iizuka never let society held her from pursuing her dreams and although her works often follow a non-linear storyline, majority of her plays are influenced by her multicultural background. In Anon(Ymous), the audience could still see that multicultural background being integrated within the play. A formal setting was never introduced to the audience, even though majority of the characters could be seen as immigrants from the beginning of the play and besides, the playwriter left the audience with the capability to cope with the characters since they contribute to the making of this unapologetic society that torment the lives of immigrants. Society has always looked down upon immigrants, whether they were documented or undocumented. Anon wasn’t seen as documented or undocumented in the play, however though, society saw him as a parasite coming to destroy the American dream which forces him into becoming multiple different characters. “In a larger sense, you’re faced with the choice of having to change the core of your identity when you adapt to a new place” (Iizuka, Anon(Ymous)). Anon identity was crushed by the expectations of society, which forces him into becoming multiple new versions of himself, so he could be accepted in an unwelcoming society.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest” (Wiesel, Nobel Lecture). Throughout history, people has always gazed down upon immigrants, whether it was to make themselves feel superior or to dehumanize the basic foundation of their integrity. Calista was also among the people that considered themselves to be superior then Anon, during their conversation at the opening of the play, she demanded Anon to kiss her and when he refuses; she reminded him of how grateful he should be toward her demands because she saved his life. Although, her demand was disgraceful, she expected Anon to bowed down due to his circumstances.  Calista could represent our society today, she pushes Anon into becoming a new version of himself, so he could adapt to his new environment. During their conversation, Anon introduced himself as Nobody but that name didn’t met the expectation of Calista, “ANON: 1 told you my real name. CALISTA: Your real name is not “Nobody.” What kind of mom names their kid “Nobody”?” (Iizuka, Anon(Ymous). Calista was Anon second encounter throughout the play and she shaped the rest of his journey and showed him that he was uncivilized.

To be considered as civilize in a civilize society, one must have a personal name and one must respond to that personal name when being call upon. Names are very precious to us as human-beings, because that’s how we identify ourselves. Society took that away from our protagonist and turned him into an Anon(Ymous). The United States has always been seen as a safe haven of opportunity for immigrants and for this reason, immigrants from all around the world tend to risk their lives to get this country and hoping that their live will get better. However, once they arrive their perspective change, some immigrants are able to cope with their new identify and others find themselves lost and unable to regain their humanitarian ways due to the pressure that are being apply on them by society.

“Despite efforts through a wide range of human rights pursuits, integration policies, multicultural policies instituted by various levels of governments, many experience various forms of discrimination” (Teixeira, Carlos and Li Wei. Pg. 224). Upon losing his mother, Anon found himself in dreaded situation. Fighting to remember his true identity and also trying to survive in a new land, where he’s seen not as a human being but as a parasite. “NASREEN: What’s your name? ANON (Seeing the CURRY sign): Koo-ri…. ALI: Remarkable. A very large cockroach endowed with the gift of speech. (Iizuka, pg.69).  Ali saw Anon and referred to him as an insect, due to his appearance and treated him not as if he was just another citizen but as a foreigner. Wherever our protagonist found himself within the play, another character was always there to dehumanize him and showed him how inferior he was compare to the characters.

Despite what the playwriter might have try to teach us within the play, immigrants are being dehumanize everyday within our society and truth be told, it’s understandable. The people that are feeling superior than documented or undocumented immigrant are rooted in ignorance and prejudice. People are often find themselves scare of what they might not understand, they fear that newcomers with different languages, cultures and religions are unwilling to change their ways to adapt to the American society. The belligerence of the older generation line of Americans to immigrants were created long before Anon(Ymous) was written, it has become a part of our society and as times goes by it will become an ideology that will be push toward the younger generation. Any immigrants that migrates to a new land will be able to cope with Anon, leaving their homeland, in search of a better life and to find themselves lost chasing after their true identity.

 

Work Cited Page

Carlos, Teixeira and Li Wei. “Immigrant and Refugee Experiences in North American Cities.” Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 7, no. 3, Jul-Sep2009, p. 221. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/15562940903150030.

Elie Wiesel – “Nobel Lecture: Hope, Despair and Memory”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 6 May 2018. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1986/wiesel-lecture.html

Hirschman, Charles. “The Impact of Immigration on American Society:Looking Backward to the Future”. Tr@nsit online, 2007. http://www.iwm.at/transit/transit-online/the-impact-of-immigration-on-american-society/

Iizuka, Naomi. “Background- Age”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Iizuka.

Iizuka, Naomi. “Anon(Ymous): A Drama”. Playscripts, 2007.

https://outragerous.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/anonymous.pdf  

 

Reflective artist’s statement

            Throughout this research assignment, I’ve learned many valuable things and one of the most important one, was my ability to gather a lot of information and be able to integrate those information that I found into my thesis. This research paper was very complex because so many unanswered questions were going through my mind and it was very hard to find reliable source of information regarding the play itself “Any(Ymous)”, since it was written a few years ago and to be exact in 2007. Nonetheless, by focusing on one particular question, I was able to narrow down my search area into a specific category and that really helps with completing the assignment.  This particular research paper has really help me in various forms.

I’ve written multiple research paper prior to writing this one, however a professor has never asked to integrate a scholarly article into my paper and by looking for a specific scholarly article, I learned how to use the LaGuardia library to my advantage and I also learned that there’s a ton of free websites within the LaGuardia library that I could use to help me become a better writer. In the future, I will be more comfortable searching for information and now that I understand the process behind a well written research paper, I believe that I will be able to accomplish more.  Researching my thesis wasn’t as complicated as researching the play itself; due to the dream sequences, it was very difficult to fully grasp and understanding the playwriter point of view. Which left a lot of space for the audience to interpret the play as they seem fit and as much as I enjoyed reading the play, I am still unsatisfied because of my unanswered questions. I could have pushed my analysis further, If I had the opportunity to interview playwriter, Naomi Iizuka and ask her about the truth behind Anon personality and if he was truly dead. As an immigrant, I could relate to Anon story and understand the reason behind his decision to keep his real identity hidden, whether it was intentional or not and also, I chose to use certain words to convey my readers because I truly believe that society has the tendency of looking down upon immigrants or sometimes even American citizens. Specific words were used in my paper and truth be told, these words weren’t used to trick the readers but to shine some light on the dehumanization that has been happening within our society towards documented or undocumented immigrants.  My partner and I, share some hard truth about each other’s research papers and personally I found his insights to be quite useful. Although we had different questions, we both were trying to convince our readers that our topic was important. In some ways, it did more harms then good due to how differently we interpreted the play, my partner believed in the fantasy that Anon was actually dead and all of these memories were just replaying in his head before his death, although we argued about it, he never actually showed any evidence to support his claim,  however I truly believe that Anon is alive within the play and I also believe that society’s expectation has pushed him into becoming multiple versions of himself so he could survive in different environments.

Does society forces immigrant into becoming anonymous ?

 

Anon(Ymous), the play that left its audience with more questions than answers, the play that left me with unquenchable desire to know more; was written by Naomi Iizuka and was published in 2007. The author took us on a journey, where the protagonist of the story was introduce. A young refugee that goes by multiple names and each different name had their own unique stories to share and also their own nightmare to face. “Where I come from mines are planted in the roads like deadly flowers, and the air smells like death, rank and sticky sweet”1[2] (Iizuka, Anon, 2). Anon was a refugee who fled his home country due to an endless war, where being civilize held no apparent meaning. For safety purposes, Anon and his mother had decided to migrate somewhere safer but during their travel, they were separated in a storm. The play enfolds various controversial themes such as border crossings, wars, dehumanization, immigration, sexual harassment, and the endeavor to identify one’s identity in the midst of all the unstable chaotic shifts and forced dream sequences.

Truth be told, to be able to fully comprehend the meaning behind the play Anon(Ymous) and this research paper, I must first break down the author past life.  Naomi Iizuka was “born on April 22 ,1965”1[3] in Tokyo but grew up in Japan, Indonesia, The Netherlands and Washington D.C. With Iizuka’s mother being an American Latina and her father being Japanese, her life was very complicated as a teenager, she never completely fit anywhere due to her multicultural background. Nonetheless, Iizuka never let society held her from chasing her dreams and although her works often follow a non-linear storyline, majority of her plays are influenced by her multicultural background.

 

 

 

Work Cited Page

 

Iizuka, Naomi. Anon(Ymous): a Drama. Playscripts, 2007.

https://outragerous.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/anonymous.pdf

 

Naomi, Iizuka. Background- Age. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Iizuka   

Questions: 

1-  Do I have enough information within my rough draft to convince my reader?

2-  Am I on the right path with my research paper and Am I answering the question?

3-  Do you believe Anon(ymous) represent different characters within the play?

Anon(ymous) play

Steeve Moliere

1-) With so many random things happening, how will this play end?

2-) Is Anon dreaming or is he stuck, drowning in the sea and confusing the past, the  present and the future?

3-)  What’s the message behind this play, what is the author trying to express to her audience?

I shake my head because of how confusing and well written this play was and I also brought my hands to my face cause it was getting so complicated with so much details.  I kept sucking my teeth because I was trying so hard to understand the story as a whole and I also snap my finger when Anon met Pascal because I saw that there was a connection between them but later he disappeared.

“Poem for a Lady Whose Voice I like” Fan Fiction (Steeve Moliere)

Steeve Moliere

English 102

April 10, 208

 

Before reading my fan fiction story regarding the “Poem for a Lady Whose Voice I like”, I must first introduce you the Characters. So, he said, he’s name is Jamaar and she said, her name is Isabella. Paramedic (1) is a character and Paramedic (2) also another character.

 

WARNING RATEDR (explicit contents)

 

Isabella was brought into this world not by love but by a religious belief, that aborting a baby is considered to be one of the worst sin, a mother could have ever committed in front of God. Isabella mother was a smart, educated, religious young lady, who took God and her education very seriously, upon graduating high school; a party was thrown in her name, to celebrate her efforts on completing what many others couldn’t. During the party, she got very drunk and was raped by a group of ruthless teenagers. She was found later that night in a dark alley all alone with her mouth taped up, bruises all over her thighs; starring at an empty dark sky with no stars.

Nonetheless, none of the young boys were prosecuted, due to the traumatic experience Isabella’s mother endured which had led to her not being able to corroboratively tell her side of the story. A few weeks after the incident took place, Isabella mother had discovered that she was carrying the fetus of one of her rapist, she contemplated with the idea of getting an abortion, but due to her religious belief; she was pushed into keeping the baby with the intention that the baby would be giving away to the perfect family. Nine months later, she had grown very close to her baby and decided to keep her, regardless of the circumstances behind her pregnancy. A few days after she decided to keep the baby, Isabella was ready to start her journey into this world. She picked up the phone and Scream with a broken voice.

HELLO HEL..LO,  I NEED AN AMBULANCE  and the 911  (Operator) replied calmly Yes, Ma’am what’s your emergency , she screamed again: SHE’S COMING but due to the background noises and the screaming it was very hard for the 911 operator to hear anything .  She asked Isabella mother, Who’s coming Ma’am , She replied: MY BABY, UGHHH ; the 911 operator finally understood and requested an ambulance to her location, and trying to calm her down : Stay with me Ma’am, Ambulance on the way. Upon the arrival of the ambulance, Isabella mother had already prepared her hospital bag. The ambulance arrived, and they took her in, but the hospital was very far from her location. We’re almost there, ma’am: said the paramedics, but she couldn’t hold Isabella any longer, she pushed, and Isabella was born in the back of an Ambulance. The baby screamed, and the Paramedics congratulate her while she lay there with the same empty look as when she was raped.  As the paramedics, they opened the back door of the ambulance and took Isabella’s mother in so they could provide her with the proper care before the baby arrive.

One of the Paramedic (2) asked, would you like for us to call the father, but she never replied, and he asked again, this time he shouted but he received a cold stare from her and she shouted back DO NOT TOUCH ME, I KNOW YOU …DONT TOUCH ME. The baby was delivered safely in the back of the ambulance prior to arriving to the hospital and as the paramedics try to help the mother, she started screaming her name is Isabella. One of the paramedics replied to her: ok ma’am, but a few minutes before they arrived at the hospital she went into cardiac arrest and died, leaving Isabella in the hands of the Paramedic (1). Paramedic (1) carried the baby inside the facility, where he sat down and waited for child services to arrive. Upon child services arrival, he alerted them about Paramedic (2) and also stated that the mother had already name the child Isabella and they should make sure that name remain her name.

10 years later….

Jamaar was brought into a foster home 10 years later, where he met Isabella for the first time. As soon as he arrived, she rushes into his room and asked for his name, nonetheless he replied and gave his name. She started asking more and more question which pushes Jamaar to relive, the choices his parents had made that put him into the foster care, so he burst into tears, while staring at Isabella; she hugged him tightly and promised she’ll always be there for him, nonetheless for Isabella it was just a promise to calm Jamaar down, however to Jamaar that was everything. The next day, Isabella asked: what happened to your parents Jamaar, cause my mother died, she said it so calmly without any remorse. Jamaar replied you’re lucky yours is dead, at least you don’t have to live your life knowing drugs was more important to your parents then taking care of you. Jamaar parents were drugs addict and after multiple warning from child services that if they kept abusing drugs around Jamaar; Jamaar will be remove from their custody and put in foster care but Jamaar parents never stopped, which forces child services to step in and remove Jamaar from their custody.

A few days later..

Jamaar spend the entire day talking to Isabella about his dreams and how he wishes things were different, but Isabella remain quiet. Jamaar finally notice and ask Isabella what was wrong?  She told him, that tomorrow she might not be any with him anymore because she was getting adopted, a married couple wanted to add her to their family. Jamaar got angry and started saying some harsh words to her, claiming she knew about this all along and never said anything to him. Isabella apologize and told him she will write him letters and he can do the same. Later that night, before Isabella went to sleep: Jamaar and Her share their first kiss, with the intention that it will not be their last , nonetheless Jamaar stayed up all night wondering what his life will be like without Isabella, wondering why she promised him, she will always be there and now she’s leaving just like his parents left him for drugs.. The next morning, Jamaar woke up later than usual and ran toward Isabella room to check if she was still sleeping but the room was cleared out, he ran downstairs and asked where’s Isabella. They answered she’s gone, she left a few minutes ago with a Paramedic (2). Jamaar said what, and they replied again with a Paramedic (2), but I thought she said it was a couple. As he return to his room with tears running down his face, missing his best friend and also crying because he didn’t get the opportunity to apologize for the way he acted.

                          7 years later….

Jamaar never gave up on Isabella and made it his mission to get back at her and try to start a real relationship, nonetheless, Jamaar wrote Isabella many letters like she asked but she never replied. As time goes on, Jamaar had learned that he had to find another home because his 18th birthday was coming up and he was becoming an adult. A few days after turning 18, he received a letter but could not recognize the name on the letter. In the letter, he was asked to meet in a public restaurant to discuss some important businesses with an old friend. Jamaar contemplated with his choices and decide to see if someone was messing with him. As Jamaar arrive in front of the restaurant, he took a deep breath and as he opened the door to the restaurant, he heard a voice, a familiar voice shouting his name, Jamaar, Jamaar; He turned around just to see an amazing well-dressed young lady calling his name, telling him to come towards her and he replied telling her he was waiting for someone that wrote him a letter. She told him, I wrote you that letter, I am that someone; Jamaar looked confuse and ask her to clarify. It’s me silly, Isabella; Jamaar refused to believe it and she said I kissed you before I left and now he finally believes her. Jamaar grabbed her and hugged her aggressively, she asked him if he had forgotten about her and why didn’t he recognize her when he walked in but the more question she asked the angrier Jamaar has gotten because she never replied to his letter. Jamaar shouted why didn’t you replied to my letters, it was your idea anyway, did you forget about that and also there was no couple, it was a paramedic that adopted you. she replied with a quote from the bible, not to antagonize him but to help him understand the reason behind her actions but Jamaar felt offended as if she was toying with him and started cussing and saying hurtful thing to her. Isabella never got out of character and kept quoting the bible till “he said: you pretty full of yourself ain’t chu”, so she replied: show me someone not full of herself and I’ll show you a hungry person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rought Draft- Steeve Moliere

Steeve Moliere

English 102

Rough Draft 1

 

Before reading my fan fiction story regarding the “Poem for a Lady Whose Voice I like”, I must first introduce you the Characters. So, he said, he’s name is Jamaar and she said, her name is Isabella. Paramedic (1) is a character and Paramedic (2) also another character.

Isabella was brought into this world not by love but by a religious belief, that aborting a baby is considered to be one of the worst sin, a mother could have ever committed in front of God. Isabella mother was a smart, educated, religious young lady, who took God and her education very seriously, upon graduating high school; a party was thrown in her name, to celebrate her efforts on completing what many others couldn’t. During the party, she got very drunk and was raped by a group of ruthless teenagers. She was found later that night in a dark alley all alone with her mouth taped up, bruises all over her thighs; starring at an empty dark sky with no stars. Nonetheless, none of the young boys were prosecuted, due to the traumatic experience Isabella’s mother endured which had led to her not being able to corroboratively tell her side of the story. A few weeks after the incident took place, Isabella mother had discovered that she was carrying the fetus of one of her rapist, she contemplated with the idea of getting an abortion, but due to her religious belief; she was pushed into keeping the baby with the intention that the baby would be giving away to the perfect family. Nine months later, she had grown very close to her baby and decided to keep her, regardless of the circumstances behind her pregnancy. A few days after she decided to keep the baby, Isabella was ready to start her journey into this world. She picked up the phone and Scream with a broken voice.

Isabella’s Mother: HELLO HEL..LO,  I NEED AN AMBULANCE

911 (Operator): Yes, Ma’am what’s your emergency

She replied: SHE’S COMING

911: Who’s coming Ma’am

She replied: MY BABY, UGHHH

911: Stay with me Ma’am, Ambulance on the way.

Upon the arrival of the ambulance, Isabella mother had already prepared her hospital bag. The ambulance arrived, and they took her in, but the hospital was very far from her location. We’re almost there, ma’am: said the paramedics, but she couldn’t hold Isabella any longer, she pushed, and Isabella was born in the back of an Ambulance. The baby screamed, and the Paramedics congratulate her while she lay there with the same empty look as when she was raped.

Paramedic (1): Would you like for us to call the father.

Paramedic (1): (Shouted)- Ma’am, the Father would you like us to call him.

Isabella Mother (Shouted back) While staring at one of the Paramedic (2): It’s you, don’t touch my baby. Stay away.

Paramedic (1): Do you know this woman, and Paramedic (2) replied No (quickly and nervously). she’s probably in a lot of pain, pay her no mind.

Isabella Mother: calmly replied with her last breath, her name …her name is ISABELLA.

A few minutes before they arrived at the hospital she went into cardiac arrest and died, leaving Isabella in the hands of the Paramedic (1). Paramedic (1) carried the baby inside the facility, where he sat down and waited for child services to arrive. Upon child services arrival, he alerted them about Paramedic (2) and also stated that the mother had already name the child Isabella and they should make sure that name remain her name.

7 years later….

Jamaar was brought into a foster home, where he met Isabella for the first time.

Isabella: Hi, I’m Isabella, what’s your name.

Jamaar: I’m Jamaar, I think.

Jamaar-: Isabella, that’s a beautiful loving name.

Isabella-: I know, I just wished I could have met the woman that gave it to me. I heard she was very brave.

Jamaar: I HATE THEM ALL. ALL OF THEM

Isabella: Who, tell me PLEASE

Jamaar burst into tears, while staring at Isabella; she hugged him tightly and promised she’ll always be there for him, nonetheless for Isabella it was just a promise to calm Jamaar down, however to Jamaar that was everything. The next day, Isabella asked: what happened to your parents Jamaar, cause my mother died, she said it so calmly without any remorse. Jamaar replied you’re lucky yours is dead, at least you don’t have to live your life knowing drugs was more important to your parents then taking care of you.

 

 

What three things do you want to ask your peers about your work?

Was it good?  and do you understand where am I going with my story ?

Can you predict the end?

 

What three things are your favorite about your fan fic?

The first thing is the fact that I can create my own story and explore a whole different world that I never thought existed before.

 

What three things are you unsure of?

Is my story good, am I following a straight path that’s going to help me close out my story and still be able to complete the assignment?