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            When I was reading NW by Zadie Smith something that really stood out to me was Natalie/Keisha’s identity crisis. Throughout her section of the novel, she struggles as she tries to figure out who she is and who she wants others to see her as. As she battles through this, she changes her name back and forth between Keisha (the name she used in her youth) and Natalie (the name she generally kept as an adult). The full extent of her identity crisis is shown in the last page of the book where it says that Natalie called the police and Keisha gave the anonymous tip about Felix’s death. Even though she is, at that point, fully in her adult life, she still struggles with who she really is and where she came from.