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Identity Essay

  • Submitted by: smz012
  • on November 25, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,025 words

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Below is an essay on "Identity" from Anti Essays, your source for research papers, essays, and term paper examples.

Identity is a word that describes a sense of ones self. It starts the moment that we are born developing up until adulthood. Many things in the world affect someone’s identity. Family, media and social interactions with other people help shape our identity. Personal identity is very important because it shows who a person is. Identity can be used in a positive or negative way. People can be judgmental on the identity of people because it can transcend a particular lifestyle and background.   Race, gender, economic status, and social status are all rooted to develop one’s self-identity. In the two short personal essays,   “ Black Men and Public Space ” by Brent Staples and “ The Lesson ” by Toni Cade Bambara the authors tell about their social status in their society. What both authors share in their story is a sense of identity of two different backgrounds. Both individuals feel uncomfortable in their own skin because of where they come from and how they are judged in the streets of America. Social status is important to individuals because it shows what their position in society is. Social status has to deal with a person’s personas including his attitude, behavior, dressing, appearance, financial status and education.
In the personal essay “ Black Men and Public Space ” by Brent Staples he goes through a number of factors that show his identity as a person and how he has to change it. Social status usually has to do with how a person is perceived by others in society. In the essay he describes himself as “ … a broad 6 feet 2 inches with a beard and billowing hair, both hands shoved into the pockets of a bulky military jacket..”(Staples).   At this point in his essay, he describes how he intimidates other people by the way he dresses, and how his physical appearance as being a 6’2” black male affects peoples behavior. In short he believes that he is feared. He further describes his identity as a good man and not a criminal, but he is perceived as a criminal since...

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