Identity And Identity Essay

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Every individual has a story of their own, and in a sense there is a resemblance to novels with all its ups and downs, and truths and fictions. Even more, there is this notion of “do not judge a book by its cover;” each page within a person’s life weighs more on one’s identity than the outer surface one perceives does. Despite this, how much of each page is determined by the individual and how much is determined by outside forces? In “Selections from Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” Azar Nafisi describes the necessity of identity in a world where fiction and reality are intertwined. While Oliver Sacks in the excerpt, “The Mind’s Eye,” points out the physiological changes in an individual’s mind when facing a challenge more or less changes the identity of a person. Continuing on the development of identity, Jean Twenge in her text, “An Army of One: Me,” highlights how social standards can shape and limit an individual as what embodies “the Self” becomes more defined. All three authors tackle the scope of identity, since the individual, “the Self,” and the “mind’s eye” are the center of discussion. The matter of identity can be shaped by circumstances and experiences when the individual’s environment is volatile, and has changed dramatically, or the individual’s surrounding society is prevalent in the actions of its subjects. However, identity is something that is already predetermined to each individual, and the factors listed above reveal the true identity of each individual more rather than shape it. Environment is a major factor that determines the circumstances and experiences an individual encounters, and when environment drastically changes it shifts one’s identity to something new in his or her attempt to adapt. Azar Nafisi, who experienced the harsh oppression of the Islamic Republic of Iran, witnessed this along with her seven other students. To combat this shift in their environment, they created a forbidden reading club to preserve their identity by creating a fantasy within the harsh world. One of Nafisi’s friends, a painter, described how “reality [had] become so intolerable… so bleak, that all [she could] paint now [were] the colors of [her] dreams” (Nafisi 284). This shows the

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