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Identity Essay

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Chartrece Carpenter

Whats makes Lindsay Lohan, Lindsay Lohan? Or Adam Sevani who he is? Different things make up every body. Emma Stone, for example, is known for her acting while Eminem is known for his music. Their identities are what they are widely known for, but is that all there is to ones true identity? What gives us our identity? The Talents, strengths, personalities, differences, and weaknesses we have or even the backgrounds we come from. People are who they associate with, every little part of a persons identity is a learned attribute through family and friends and even strangers. People also learn to adapt to their surroundings. You're either in or you're out or in a lot of cases, you're nobody. “I'm nobody! Who are you?

Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us-- don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog.”
-Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson adopts the persona of a child who is open, naive, and innocent. Dickinson is suggesting that the true somebody is really the "nobody." The child-speaker welcomes the person who honestly identifies themselves and who has a true identity. These qualities make that person "nobody" in society's eyes. To be "somebody" is to have status in society; society, the majority, excludes or rejects those who lack status or are "nobody"--that is, "they'd banish us" for being nobody. People like to fit in, to go with the flow and be like every body else so they don't stand out. To be like all the others, is to be like Rosencratz and Guildenstern. They can't tell themselves from each other because they are so much a like. Ones own identity is when they can separate themselves from a room full of thousands like them. Identities can be difficult to understand and explain. They're a make up of a persons life and not one identity will be like another. The different walks of life, the different stages of love, and the...

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