Essay 1 Final

What is an identity? Each person that is asked that question may assume different things such as, a legal identity, a personality, or what they think of themselves. Kwame Appiah’s “Why identity is a lie we can’t live without” and John Gravois’s “A Toast Story” helps us answer three general questions about identities, What is an identity? What do they do for us? Why do they matter?

 

In Gravois’s “A Toast Story,” he leads the conversation by talking about the start of the popularity of toast in San Francisco. He then begins talking about Giulietta Carrelli and her schizophrenic condition. She has episodes where she will forget where she is and won’t know what’s going on.  When she opened trouble she began talking to every person that walked in the door to create a network of people who know who she is and can recognize her. She wears the same clothes everyday so people will see her and identify her as the owner of Trouble. This is the first key concept that starts to answer the three key questions.

 

To Guilettia, her identity does matter immensely because she depends on people to recognize her on the streets when she’s having an episode. To other people, Carelli’s identity lets other people who know her, help her. It also gives them the opportunity to start a conversation with her when someone sees her because she will always be known as the owner or trouble and whether or not people know her personally or from a news article, it allows people to get to know and understand her identity. “Trouble is a tool for keeping her alive. I’m trying to stay connected to the self, she says. Like one of her old notebooks, the shop has become an externalized set of reference points, an index of Carrelli’s identity. It is her greatest source of dependable routine and her most powerful means of expanding her network of friends and acquaintances, which extends now to the shop’s entire clientele.”

 

In Appiah’s “Why an identity is a lie we can’t live without” he interviews Sean Illing about identities. They talk about all the different kinds of identities have. First being political, people will always assume your choices are based on what side your on, which is inescapable. They also talk about people’s sexual preference as an identity. People can identify as any way they want to but people will also think of this when they speak of you, this topic is also inescapable. The whole point of the interview is to find out why an identity is a lie we can’t live without. An identity can be a lie because no one person has only one identity, everyone has different identities to different people and in different places. Also, people can assume your identity based on what people have heard, which is also a lie because then that person doesn’t know the real you.

 

People will also categorize someone by their race/ ethnicity, “If you allow your identity to be totally shaped by your opposition to a dominant culture, as many racial group have done because of the history of racism and xenophobia, you can become locked into that minority status. The first time a group becomes conscious of itself as an important social group, it is because they realize that they’re all being subjected to something.” Ultimately, classifying other people shows your true identity and what you think about them.

 

When Illing was asked why he called an identity a lie in the lie his response was, “There’s something misleading or mistaken about the pictures that underlie these identities and yet they bind us together in spite of that. They do bring people together, as well as divide people, and i think that the lies, the untruths, are often a very important part of how they work. They’re important to how people are held together. What he means by this is everyone will categorize people into what they think, or what they know you are; It’s second nature to do this.

 

Both of these articles provide necessary information to answer the three most important questions. Once we can understand ourselves and other people, then do we really get to understand someone’s true identity to you and to other people. Reading these articles were helpful to understand how we answer the questions and how we think about ourselves and other people around us. It shows us why then matter and how other people can be affected by what our identities are.

Essay 1

What is an identity? Each person that is asked that question may assume different things such as, a legal identity, a personality, or what they think of themselves. Kwame Anthony’s “Why identity is a lie we can’t live without” and John Gravois’s “A Toast Story” helps us answer three general questions about identities, What is an identity? What do they do for us? Why do they matter?

In Gravois’s “A Toast Story,” he leads the conversation by talking about the start of the popularity of toast in San Francisco. He then begins talking about Giulietta Carrelli and her schizophrenic condition. She has episodes where she will forget where she is and won’t know what’s going on.  When she opened trouble she began talking to every person that walked in the door to create a network of people who know who she is and can recognize her. She wears the same clothes everyday so people will see her and identify her as the owner of Trouble. This is the first key concept that starts to answer the three key questions. To Guilettia, her identity does matter immensely because she depends on people to recognize her on the streets when she’s having an episode.

Prewriting Activity-2

The three most important concepts that stuck out to me in “Why Identity is a lie we can’t live without” are about politics, culture, and identities. It speaks about how different people’s identities are and how even though people are categorized into a certain group doesn’t mean that’s all to their identity, people have other subcategories that make them who they are. The paper uses an example of people’s sexual orientation to demonstrate what they mean about subcategories. Other examples can be religion, hobbies, or even someone’s job.

The first major concept in the article is culture. The author writes about people becoming recognized a certain way being or certain features of themselves they can’t control. While culture definitely has a major effect on how someone is perceived, it cannot be the only factor that divides groups.

The second, most obvious, important topic in the paper is identities. People gain identities by what they say to people or what people say about them. Someone could have never met a person and already know how they act based on hear say.

The finals important concept is politics. This is a major topic in the United States that divides this country the most. People become offended if they have different views than you and will often break a relationship. This gives people a major identity because of the popularity of the idea of democrat or republican. Once you say what you are, it sticks with you and that person.

Essay 1 prewriting activity-1

Ideas to think about in a toast story that could answer the questions we asked on friday January 18 can be the ways employers, coworkers and friends saw her. Each one of those people had a different idea of what her identity was. The quote, “But her episodes were a kind of out. Landlords evicted her. Relationships fell apart. Employers either fired her or quietly stopped scheduling her for shifts.” shows her relationship between the people she surrounded herself with everyday and the identity people have given her based on the person she is around them. Employers may believe that her condition made her a bad worker, landlords may have gotten complaints from neighbors and the people who had relationships may have been affected badly because of the way her condition makes her react to things. Nevertheless, each person experienced a different identity she has and because of that to shows how important. The next quote,  “Trouble is a tool for keeping her alive. “I’m trying to stay connected to the self,” she says. Like one of her old notebooks, the shop has become an externalized set of reference points, an index of Carreli’s identity.” explains that once she opened her cafe people now knew her as the owner of trouble thus giving her a different identity than people previously knew her as. Trouble is important to her because it gives her an identity she is proud to have that her condition doesn’t take over.

 

My Name

Before I was born there was a lot of debate between my parents and the rest of the immediate family on what my name was going to be. If I was a girl my mom wanted my name to be sydney, but my dad didn’t like that name because if people abbreviated my name it would be Syd and that’s a boy name. My dad chose the name Alexis which my mom didn’t like because my cousins name is Alex. If I was a boy both of my parents agreed on the name Connor, but I wasn’t born a gender that my parents agreed with a name. After giving birth my mom and dad were still unsure, they attempted to come to a mutual decision on a name but with no success.

Moments later the rest of my family arrived, my dad and my uncle began talking about skiing, which is an important sport my entire family participates in. Randomly, my dad shouts out the name, Hannah and explains it would be a good skier name, my mom agreed. My dad’s idea was right because Hannah Kearney because an olympic gold medalist who grew up skiing in the town where I ski.

It’s a tradition in my family for girls born to have their moms name as their middle name and for boys born to have their father’s name. My fathers dads name is Jean so my dad’s middle name is Jean and my mother has the same middle name but it is her mothers name, Jeanne. Now my middle name is Kristine because that’s my mom’s name. There is no important reasoning behind why my family decided to have their names be their children’s middle name.

My distant relatives came here from France with the last name Bellerose. Back then in France people replaced their last names with the town they lived in. For my family that was Bellerose, France. Before people starting replacing their last names with their town my family had the last name Rival. I don’t know the significance and meaning behind this name or where it came from.