How Does The Surrounding And Interactions With Society Affect Our Belonging In Fight Club, A Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock And Batman Begins?

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Fight Club, The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock, Preludes, and Batman Begins are all texts which reveal how our surroundings and interactions with society are the fundamental factors that shape our identity. These texts reflect a modern concern over an individual's sense of self, their place in society and the alienation, and lack of individuality that is experienced within their ongoing search for meaning in life. This complex relationship is linked closely with the world in which we live in and this connection is crucial to understanding the themes of these four texts when taken into context.David Fincher's concept of identity is similar to T.S Eliot's that identity is greatly impacted upon by society, and individual may have two identities, one that is accepted by society, while the other is what they truly feel.Fincher views can be deduced from the quote, "This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. If you wake up at a different time, at a different place, could you wake up as a different person?" The two main characters in both texts are similar, as they both created an identity to please society's expectations while hiding their real identity.Fincher uses his main character to show his ideas on identity. His life is dominated by the views of society, his house was neat and tidy and full of expensive furniture. Even with all these luxuries, the narrator still suffers from insomnia and feels lost. Fincher conveys the idea of society impacting an individual's identity by using dialogue. This can be seen from the following quote in a conversation between the narrator and his inner identity Tyler. "You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet."T.S Eliot expresses his idea of identity through the main character Prufrock. Prufrock has an average appearance, yet he notices he still has many flaws and thus rarely dares to do what he really wants, and let his inner identity out as he is afraid of the judgment made by society. This is most evident in the quote "do I dare to eat a peach?" The repetition of the rhetorical question "do I dare, do I dare" is used to show Prufrock struggling with his inner identity; he fears his image will change if he goes through with those actions. This again reinforces the belief that identity is portrayed through an individual's action, as judgment of a person is based on their action."Preludes depicts the mundane lives of the working class during the early 20th century. The poem highlights the impact of a dark and desolate world on our self perception and outlook on the world we live in. Eliot exercises various literary techniques in expressing these issues.The vivid images of a "sawdust trampled street" "burnt out ends of smoky days", "showers beat" and "stale smells of beer" all portray a setting in an urban city that is bleak. The alliteration of the "s" sounds further emphasizes the mood of decline and...

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