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Developing Identity Essay

  • Submitted by: sullivanemilya
  • on November 18, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 3,133 words

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Every individual strives to have an identity to call one’s own.   Developing that identity, an one takes into account many things surrounding him or her; the area in which one resides, the color of one’s skin, even one’s gender, things which one cannot control, contribute to the development of that person.   In “A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner, a town decides one woman’s identity.   “The Bridegroom”, by Ha Jin shows readers that one can use binary opposition to create identity.   Alice Walker’s, “Everyday Use” gives readers a narrow glimpse of how a mother views her daughter.   In “How It Feels to be Colored Me”, Zora Neale Hurston shows readers how one woman develops her identity, and changes with those around her.   One theme that stood out in the readings discussed in this paper is that identity is placed upon someone by an outsider, rather than by the individual, often based on character traits out of their control, such as race, gender, or class.
      It is important to define the word “identity”.   Dictionary.com has a simple definition available: “the sense of self.” While this is a true definition of the word, the idea of self goes much deeper.   Identity, as defined by the Oxford Mini Dictionary is “who or what someone or something is.”   This definition removes the ability to define identity from oneself, and places it on an outsider.   Going one step further, perhaps the best of these definitions, The American Heritage College Dictionary defines identity as: “the set of characteristics by which a thing is recognized or known.”   This places the responsibility of developing identity in the hands of an outsider rather than the individual.   This final definition is displayed throughout the readings.
      William Faulkner was familiar with the development of identity in 1931, when he published “A Rose for Emily.”   The title character, Miss Emily Grierson, is at the center of this short story, with her neighbors surrounding her.   The story, which is narrated...

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