A 1,250-word textual analysis of the Gates, Jr. Essay. Essay topic: In your chosen essay, the writer has used various features of writing to construct identity, whether of an individual persona or a group or culture. Discuss the characteristics of the identity constructed, and the techniques used in the construction. Using outside sources is not required, but you may use one or two if you would like. In your analysis, consider the textual form, figurative language (including metaphors or images), idiom and register, and tone of the essay. Make sure you provide examples from the text to support your argument.