Essay on Identity by Julio Noboa Blanco

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In today's world, being an individual is often difficult. There are some people who just go with the flow, and then there are those people who strive to become their own person. The ones who go with the flow often succeed in their desire to fit in and become another faceless member of the crowd. The ones who strive to be independent, however, commands society's respect and has a better grasp of their identity. My poem that I chose is “Identity” by Julio Noboa Blanco. The literary element I found was symbolism. He showed symbolism when he wrote “Let them be as flowers … I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed.” The poem’s theme is independence; the author is trying to get the reader to understand that you have to be independent to get farther in life rather than just doing enough to get by. The first example of symbolism I found in the poem was “Let them be as flowers, always watered, fed, guarded, admired, but harnessed to a pot of dirt.” When he talks about flowers, he’s talking about the people who have to be looked after by everyone and never take risks or do anything different. Then he says “harnessed to a pot of dirt.” That’s talking about how the ‘flowers’ are just “rooted to the ground” and stuck in the same place as everyone else. They don’t know what the real world is like; they will live their whole life stuck in their little bubble. The second example of symbolism I found in the poem was “I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed. clinging on cliffs, like an eagle.” What he means by that is he’d rather be an outcast, but successful, tough, confident, and free. He uses the weed to represent his desire to stand tall and free rather than be stuck in a pot. The weeds are able to go out on their own and do a lot more effective and useful things, unlike the flowers. This all relates to the theme because he says he is independent and can rely on himself rather than letting

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