How many times did Shakespeare have a character dress differently in order to fool another character into thinking that he or she was someone else. I think I could list about three plays - how about you?
Well. I'm no Shakespeare but I do play around with this idea of identity quite a lot in When Skies Are Grey.
In one instance it is because she is escaping her past, for another character, she changes her name when she arrives on the scene in order seek revenge. For another she just liked the name better than her own and thought it might make her a better person!
For each of these characters changes in identity was necessary for each to achieve their aim. But how can you then continue to trust that person when their cover is blown and the truth comes out?
At some stage or another the true identity of each of my characters is revealed and sometimes with devastating consequences.