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Respond to the quote by psychosocial theorist, Erik Erikson, and the quote by author Ralph Ellison. How do you think each writer would describe the problem of identity?
Step One: Read the quote 2-3 times.
Step Two: Circle/Highlight any words or phrases that stick out to you.
the quote in your own words. What is it
Step Four: Consider why the author included this quote. How does it
of the text?
Step Five: Consider the
“In the social jungle of human existence there is no feeling of being alive without identity.”-Erik Erikson
“I was pulled this way and that for longer than I can remember. And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own. I have also been called one thing and then another while no one really wished to hear what I called myself. So after years of trying to adopt the opinions of others I finally rebelled. I am an invisible man.” –Ralph Ellison,