Finding Your Identity Essay

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"Just be YOURSELF... ", we've all heard this saying before, in various situations and circumstances. However, since this is an abstract concept, actually being "one's self" involves a unique journey, an endeavor filled with emotions, self-analysis and the final realization of who one is. Internal and external influences affect how a person views him or herself. Two dramatic characters, a man and a woman, go through mirrored voyages of self-recognition that leads them each to their own identities... and to pay a price to achieve this right.

Susan Glaspell's "invisible" character in Trifles, Mrs. Wright, was a maiden of beauty and of talent. Becoming "Mrs. Wright" altered her life and destiny, unwillingly. That is,
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Wright her freedom, as a person living in society.

Character motivation regarding Mrs. Wright's loss of "herself" made her decide to regain her self-status. In order for her to accomplish this goal, she needed to get rid of the one and only obstacle in her way... Mr. Wright.

In this melodrama, the premeditated murder of her husband was the route Mrs. Wright chose to claim her right to be herself once more. The price she had to pay for this act was her husband's death and her "incarceration."

Oedipus, the main character in Sophocles' drama by the same name, experiences similar loss of control over his fate in life. On the other hand, the gods of Athens predetermined Oedipus' destiny. Born in the city of Thebes, Oedipus becomes a man far from his homeland only to return and face the inevitable. His parents tried to avert a prophecy that would have Oedipus kill his father and marry his own mother. Such a prophecy would irrepressibly turn Oedipus' life inside out. As an infant, Oedipus' feet were tied together (hence his name) and left to die in the outskirts of Thebes. A childless couple takes him in and raises him as their own. At this point, Oedipus is not aware of who he really is, the son of King Laios and his Queen Iocaste of Thebes.

Oedipus the King opens immediately with tragedy as the city of Thebes is in crisis. Starvation, barren land, unborn children, crime and turmoil envelop Thebes. Oedipus is given a prophecy by the

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