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Identity is a set of characteristics by which an individual is recognizable As time passes each identity is individually shaped by these characteristics At an early age parents start the identity process by giving their children names It is in fact your parents that truly shape your identity If your parents were aggressive people who rarely paid attention to you its possible that you could wind up being a school bully or something along those lines Its quite frightening when you think about it By not having good parents it is feasible to have an under developed identity I also think that identity has to do with where you were raised This may sound silly but let me explain Awhile back I read an interesting book titled The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin that had to do with identity It involved four Adolf Hitlers each raised in a different part of the world It was interesting to see how each character reacted to his surroundings Although the one in Germany tried to take over the world the other three had no bad intentions and lived normal and happy lives So in fact identity can be influenced by society and the world around usMy name is Jessica Gaber and Im 17 years old I attend Westmount Collegiate Institute and Im in grade eleven but you knew all that right You see to people who dont know me Im just another demographic Except when you take the time to pursue my friendship youll be surprised at how enjoyable my company is share my passion for the stage or my love for reading A name can in fact mask your true identity and create a misleading self image My parents met each other on a blind date Before they met my mom asked her friend the one doing the setting up what my fathers name was Trying not to laugh the friend blurted out Harold My mother
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