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Kim 1 Luren Kim Professor Kyle Oddis Expository Writing II 9 April 2018 Does Self Awareness Mean You Have Dignity? The relevance of self-identity to human dignity is explained through the explication of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I’m Nobody! Who are you?”. Dickinson takes on a progressive perspective by supporting the reader to be different as opposed to conforming to society. To be “Somebody” is not seen as a goal, instead to be a “Nobody” is more desirable. Are you “Nobody” or “Somebody”? Are you content with your categorization? To further expand upon these questions, analogy is used to compare the two sides and connotation is used to find depth in Dickinson’s concise poem. After a full breakdown of the poem, one should have a better idea of self and this is important because for one’s well being and definition of self identity because it is proper to realize one’s thoughts should not come from society but from oneself and through this one should be proud and dignified of oneself. Although, the poem is short in length the deeper meaning behind it is more interpretational and open to analyzation. The first line: “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” (Dickinson), shows the author’s confidence and pride in knowing who she is. One can infer that Dickinson has a positive general idea of her self-identity. The exclamation point after her claim cause one to question whether being Nobody is something to be proud of. This seems like a paradox because Nobody by definition is a person of no importance yet Dickinson praises
Kim 2 Nobody throughout the poem. The deeper meaning of Nobody is still unclear, it can be assumed that it is positive especially if the author claims to be Nobody.