The different factors such as racial background, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, environmental factors and so on help in the realization of the personal identity of an individual, but all these themes come under the main topic of society. It is with the help of society that one realizes the importance of his/her personal identity. The different situations, which are mentioned above and experienced by an individual assist in altering his/her attitude and perception towards life and makes them realize that they cannot emancipate from their identity, racial background and ethnicity. The realization of their identity is the major event of their life and shapes their personality. Hence, through the medium of society, one’s struggle for the realization of the personal identity is made more focused and organized, through the series of social events. The society has a positive and a negative influence on the personal identity of an individual, and it would be correct to say that “personal identity is the product of society”.
Therefore, the thesis statement holding that social surroundings can have a tremendous impact on how we perceive ourselves is proved right.
This paper is a brief overview of the topic of personal identity by including the references from the real life and from the most renowned classic novel “Looking for Alibrandi” by Melina Marchetta. This essay portrays the struggle of an individual to realize his/her personal identity which is made possible through the series of social events. The different factors such as racial background, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, environmental factors and so on help in the realization of the personal identity of an individual and are majorly discussed through the medium of the essay. These issues surrounding identity have been addressed with references from real life instances from the practical world and from the plot of Looking for Alibrandi. Hence, this small essay paper would help in understanding the role that society plays in defining the personal identity of an individual. And to what extent, the personal identity is the product of society or how society shapes the personal identity as discussed throughout the above essay.