Identity themes in "Naruto"

Essay by meisnewbieHigh School, 11th gradeA-, November 2007

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Identity is the characteristics in which a person is recognized or identified. Identity is what differentiates you from everyone else. The Identity of someone is influenced by their, culture, past, values, beliefs and their society.

In Masashi Kishimoto's anime series Naruto, the composer explores the influence society has over the development of our identity. Kishimoto shows that identity is a major aspect in the definition of our personality, shaping our present experiences and relationships. Naruto, the protagonist, has his identity transformed from his early childhood and later on in life as he encounters different people and conflicts.

Naruto’s identity at the beginning of the series is a result of his early childhood experiences. When Naruto was a newborn baby the village was attacked by a powerful demon, unable to kill the demon the leader of the villager gave up his life to seal the demon into a newborn baby which just happened to be Naruto.

Naruto was an orphan with no relatives, most of his childhood he was alone and unloved by anyone. Almost every villager in his village looked disliked and shunned Naruto because of the fact that he had a demon sealed in him. The viewed him as the demon itself, even though it was forbidden to mention the event of the demon so that Naruto’s peers wouldn’t display the same behavior. Even still, most children were told by there parents not to associate themselves with Naruto as he is nothing but trouble.

As a result of all this, Naruto developed into a trouble making, mischievous immature twelve years old. He is constantly seeking attention and recognition though pranks and mischief ie vandalizing monument statues.

Naruto’s identity is also shaped by the village he lives in. The village he lives in happens to be a hidden ninja...