Identity Essay

2999 words - 12 pages

This essay is about identity and analyzing identity from all aspects in nature. I have a strong understanding on identity and how one’s identity can be derived from oneself and their surroundings. I am aware of such altercations because I myself am constantly changing my identity in order to fit in with different groups. For this reason I support the idea that society alters our identities and ultimately shapes the people that we are. For this reason my commentary on the essay will have more support on general ideas then the essay itself because I understand identity better on my own and without the support from the short stories. I plan to open this essay with a strong hook and a solid thesis statement that will continue to support my work throughout this essay. Due to the fact that I am writing this essay in one sitting and will not be able to add more ideas later I will unfortunately leave out salient ideas and thoughts that won’t occur to me now but will become more evident as I continue to ponder the idea of identity. As long as I get out my main ideas and support them with evidence from the text I will have a solid piece of work completed on identity.
An identity is not permanent neither is it naturally constructed. Certain aspects of one’s identity are unchangeable such as their gender, religion, and family background. Even though a person is born with a definite gender some choose to change their gender and that is not included in previous statement. Other aspects however are always changing for a variety of reasons. A person may change their identity themselves based on how they view themselves and their view on life, society plays a major role in carving our identities perhaps the biggest influence on a person’s identity, and finally the events that a person goes through in their life can influence their identity. A combination of the changing and unchangeable factors in a person’s life creates this larger more complex identity. The three points I choose to use as my main ideas are supported in the short stories by the main characters and I myself have a general opinion on these points that I can use to further contribute to the making of this essay.
In the opening of my essay my goal was to include the solid thesis I wanted which was from my perspective well written because it has the main ideas I will later need to support the characters from the short stories. I choose the three points because each one is supported by the characters from the stories. I feel that my first paragraph on a self identity is going to be my strongest due to the fact that I can write more about that general statement and I have a stronger understanding of the corresponding short story. I know what I want to include about each character and how I will incorporate them into my essay and I will use my thesis to keep me on track.
A salient factor in creating this idea of an identity is how a person feels about themselves and their expectations in society. Many...

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