When a person has enough power in a society, it gives them a lot of control over certain things. When they have this control, they can have ownership over a person or a thing. By naming someone, or something, a person gains an unspoken ownership over him or her, they are now in control of him or her and it has created a new identity for them and erased their old identity. Power, naming and un-naming, control and ownership and identity are very important elements in 'Mary'; and 'No Name Woman';. Both essays deal with power, identity, control and ownership, while 'Mary'; focuses more on naming and 'No Name Woman'; focuses on un-naming.
One's power and position in a society can give them the 'right'; or ability to name or un-name a person. Someone can gain this right by his or her status socially, financially, and even racially. If it's their own child, of course, they have every right in the world to name him or her. But in some cultures, as is evident in 'No Name Wo...