There are a lot of things that constitutes our identity. It is not just our name or our birthday but it has much more to it. It can be our nationality, religion, family, friends, environment, and so much more. It is really just what has shaped us to be the person we are. To learn more about this idea, we read a short story called “The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. In this story the main character, Francis Macomber, is shown as a very affluent person that has never actually seen many hardships in his life. All of a sudden, when he goes to a safari, he sees a lion and runs away because he was too much of a coward to face the lion. This is not actually his fault because he was probably brought up as a person who was very spoiled and never faced any of his fears. When all of a sudden he had to face something, he became a coward because it was not something he was use to. Through this, one can see the relevance to identity because one of the things that constitutes your identity is facing fears and your environment. Because Francis Macomber was brought up in an environment where everything was done for him and he had no hardships, he never faced his fears until he was in the safari. Facing fears is really important for someone to become more confident with themselves and the world and more brave, something that Macomber never did. However, as the story goes along, when Francis starts to hunt bulls, all of a sudden he transitions from a man running away from lions to a man excited by the fact of hunting bulls. This changes his whole identity because from a coward, he becomes a brave man comfortable with the idea of facing his fears.
The idea of identity effects me in many ways. Discussing ideas that constitutes our identity and reading the short story of Fraancis Macomber, I figured out that I am in a way similar to Francis Macomber. I haven’t really faced any hardships in my life. I have lived a pretty comfortable life because I receive a good education and have a great family that takes good care of me. However, the only hardship I have really faced in when my grandmother passed away. This was a fear that I didn’t get to choose if I wanted to face it or not but I have never faced something where I deliberately put myself in a position of fear so that I can overcome it. I think that doing this would be a good idea because if I ever come across this again, I would be ready to face that fear again. One of my biggest fears is public speaking. To overcome this, I think that I will join a speech club so that I can overcome this fear and be able to emerge myself in a uncomfortable situation. Learning about identity has definitely taught me a lot about myself and my surrounding.