F Word by Firoozeh Dumas

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One’s identity is influenced by many things. It’s something that one has a choice of what he wants to become. One has a personal choice as to what identity he possesses; for instance, he can choose what he likes, who he wishes to be friends with, and what he wears. After all, “Fashion is an expression of personal identity” (Latterell 11). Queen Latifah states, “All things start inside your soul and work outward” meaning that it is one’s choice as to what he lets work its way out (Latifah 34). People have even made personal choices that affect their identity by changing their name. Just as Firoozeh Dumas describes in The “F Word”, “Thus I started sixth grade with my new, easy name and life became infinitely simpler” (Dumas 86). People made fun of Dumas’ name, Firoozeh, and thus made her want to change her name to fit in; she changed her identity. An identity is mainly comprised of personal choice. Before beginning the explanation of how an identity is formed, one must understand what an identity is. So, what is identity? To answer this, one might think of what gives him individuality; what makes him unique; what makes up his personality. Identity is who one is. Identity is a factor that tells what one wants out of life and how he is set to get it. It tells what kind of a person one is by the attitude and persona he has. And it depends upon the mixture of all parts of one’s life including personal choices and cultural and societal influences, but personal choices affect the identity of one more than the others. A name changing the identity of one is exactly what happened to Firoozeh “Julie” Dumas. Before her name change, Dumas was regarded as being one of those immigrants with a name no one wanted to learn. But after changing her ... ... middle of paper ... ...g factors of an identity such as it is something one is born with or it is something one gains from the society and culture one lives in. Identity is something that forms the mere explanation of who one is and what makes that person themselves. But the personal choices one makes affect the overall identity more than the cultural and societal repercussions do. Works Cited Dumas, Firoozeh. “The “F Word.”” ReMix: Reading Composing Culture. By Catherine G. Latterell. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St Martin’s, 2010. 84-89. Print. Latifah, Queen. “Who You Callin’ a Bitch?” ReMix: Reading Composing Culture. By Catherine G. Latterell. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. 33-37. Print. Latterell, Catherine. “Introduction to an Identity.” ReMix: Reading + Composing Culture. Catherine G. Latterell. Ed. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. 5-13. Print.

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