Words Are Our Identity

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Refering to Emerson's "Self-Reliance":

"the burden of speech is precisely the burden of speaking oneself into existence" (pg 77)


I think this quote is important because it defines how the protagonist becomes more visible though his speech even though it is not his true identity but really the one he has taken on through the Brotherhood. By giving the speeches the Brotherhood wants him to make, he is portraying this identity the Brotherhood imparted on him. This shows how our words can give us an identity and can define us more than just a name can. This seen through how the antagonist takes on new identities with the different speeches he makes at different points in the novel.


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