This distinction is widely known as “patchwork-identity”.
Both identities are only a subgroup of many different subjectively interpreted identities that everyone of us has innate.
On the surface, he is a British citizen who is along for the adventure and romance of an exploration into the African desert.
If one looks at Count Almasy through the eyes of Stam and Shohat, he is the perfect magnet for the young impressionable boy.
If we take Hana as a first example we might simply say that she is a canadian nurse aiding injured soldiers during the second world war.
This statement can be referred to as social identity – it is the way Hana behaves within society.The film takes place in World War II era Africa, and as the film portrays it, in the mysterious and exotic Sahara desert and in Cairo, Egypt.Count Almasy’s character lives in the desert among imperial explorers and in the desert environment full of natives who bring to life classic stereotypes full of ignorance and white prevalence and power.Count Lazlo Almasy, the English Patient, is a man in an Imperial time and world.The people in this world live by Imperial rules and perpetuate Imperial stereotypes.Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, authors of Unthinking Eurocentrism, believe that the Imperial attitudes that the British government and the Western imperial society initiated, continue today and are alive in the cinema.The film, “The This newfound technology of film was just another way for the empire to spread its ideas and power over the world; “…the culture of empire authorized the pleasure of seizing ephemeral glimpses of its ‘margins’ through travel and tourism” (102).Her personal identity, however, is much more subtile and not that easy, neither to discover, nor to understand.The same, of course, applies to the other characters, especially to the English patient, whose rediscovery of identity is the focus of this novel and mainly dealt with.Hana decides to stay with the dying English patient, whom she loves like her own father, in the makeshift hospital, despite being told how dangerous it was for her....Simultaneously, there is a groundbreaking love story happened among those four characters under that time frames.