Our Identity Is Influenced by How Others Precieve Us

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The vitality of how others perceive us is portrayed not only amongst society, but throughout Tennessee Williams “A Streetcar Named Desire.” People who are insecure of their identity, like Stella, allow to be moulded. And to a certain extent, our identity is gained from how others perceive us. From the way we dress, to the way we speak, our identity is influenced by the world around us. Reality television programs, the media and even films, are all influencing factors. It is a lie to say that no one has bent their ways to satisfy another. Both “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Mean Girls” explore the theme of belonging and identity via the protagonists. The concept of belonging revolves around notions of identity, relationships and acceptance. Thus, in order for an individual to feel a sense of worth within their community; they must feel the support of others. Some feel the need to adapt to their environment, simply for the approval and acceptance of others. In “A Streetcar Named Desire” Stella’s love for Stanley alters not only her principles, but her beliefs. She evolves her mentality around Stanley’s to make the relationship work. This is especially evident when Stella refuses to accept the rape. At this point she has sunken to Stanley’s level and it is clear that she develops her morals in accordance to his. “Mean Girls” addresses the issue of a constant hunger for popularity and status. However the trends we see in “Mean Girls” certainly apply not only to high school students, but to our society. Our protagonist builds an identity that fits into the narrow mould of how a girl “should” behave. She alters her fashion sense, her style, and slowly loses herself in a world of fakery. “Mean Girls” to a certain degree reflects our society and answers the question. Our identity is influenced by how others perceive us. It is the media that influences

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