"Mistaken Indentities"

From Shakespeare's time up to our own, individuals have both conformed and failed to conform, to their societies' expectations of where "they belong." Beginning with Shakespeare's play, "The Twelfth Night" and ending (possibly) with Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, we will examine how some of the most interesting figures in literature represent the dangers of staying, or being put in, one's "place," and the challenges they face in coming up with alternative self- definitions.