Human Identity Of Identity

1170 WordsJun 21, 20175 Pages
“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity,” - Erik Erikson. This year in class we have read Night by Elie Wiesel, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, The Odyssey by Homer, Beowulf, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. All of these stories show how mankind’s identity has been shaped by family, power, and fear. Mankind’s identity has been shaped by family. This is evident in Night, The Odyssey, and Oedipus Rex. In Night, Elie Wiesel and his father are separated from his mother and his sisters. So they stay strong for each other as they go through their new day to day lives. However, one day Elie’s father contracted and eventually died of…show more content…
His need to be in control took over, much like many people in the world who want to be in charge and have everything run in a specific order. In Romeo and Juliet, Capulet and Lady Capulet tell juliet that she is going to marry County Paris, but they do not know that Juliet is already married to Romeo. When she refuses to marry Paris, Capulet starts screaming at her and telling her that if she doesn’t marry Paris, then she will no longer live under his roof and she also will not address him under any circumstance. Capulet hated the feeling of not having complete control over his family. When his control started to slip, he used aggression to regain all power from Juliet and the nurse who was sticking up for Juliet. In Beowulf, Beowulf proves that he is very powerful when he fights and kills Grendel. Then later he is given more praise for killing Grendel’s Mother. He is also given more power for killing her with the honor of being king of his people. After a dragon is awoken by a slave who stole a goblet for his freedom. He must risk his life to protect his people due to the power that was bestowed upon him. Not all power that shapes mankind’s identity is destructive, a lot of it is constructive, but all of it has had its effect on humanity as a whole. Finally, mankind’s identity has been shaped by fear, ash
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