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"The Bourne Identity" Critical Analysis

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A sense of belonging will often emerge from the connections made with people, places, groups, communities, and the larger world. The Bourne Identity is a novel, written by Robert Ludlum. The main character in this novel is Jason Bourne, a broken man, not only in the physical, but also in the emotional and psychological sense. Throughout the entire novel we see a man who is attempting to put the pieces of his life back together after suffering from a sudden onset of amnesia. There are several ways that this text relates to belonging and not belonging, all of which become increasingly obvious as the novel progresses. Through the loss of memory every aspect of an individual’s sense of belonging is completely removed, and as Bourne struggles to reclaim these aspects he struggles to reclaim his sense of belonging.
One of the main aspects of belonging is the connections we as humans make with other people, our relationships. Without this connection an individual cannot belong anywhere. At no point in time does Bourne share a connection with more than a handful of other people. He meets a woman by the name of Marie St Jacques and while initially he only makes contact with her to escape a hotel “ ‘I don’t want to use this (a gun). I don’t want to hurt you, but I will do both if I have to.’ ‘My God ….’ ‘Be quiet. Just do as I say and you’ll be fine. I have to get out of this hotel and you’re going to help me. Once I’m out, I’ll let you go. But not until then.’ ”. However, the situation he finds himself in becomes more complex and so he refuses to let her leave until he feels safe “ ‘For God’s sake, let me go!’ ‘Not yet.’ He meant it; there was another exit somewhere, men waiting outside for the target from Marseilles.” In the events that follow Bourne is severely injured, and nearly dies saving Maries life “ ‘You saved my life…’ She continued in that hollow tone, the words floating in the air. ‘You came for me. You came back for me, and saved … my … life.’ ” This extreme turn of events creates a connection between Bourne and Marie, one that time develops into a very close and intimate relationship. “She knew Jason Bourne, or the man called Jason Bourne, and she held on to the decency she knew was there. Oh, God, how she loved him so!”. “And then he would leave; she would never know when and he could never tell her why. He owed her that; it would hurt deeply for a while, but the ultimate pain would be far less than that caused by the stigma of Cain. Cain! Marie. Marie! What have I done?” This is an example of a narrative technique used throughout the text. The author uses italics to show what Bourne is thinking, in doing this a deeper connection is created between the reader and the character, by revealing how Bourne really feels. This technique is used in other instances to show Bourne’s raw emotion and distress.
A man in the text know only as ‘Carlos’ is another individual of whom Bourne has a deep connection with. However, this connection and the...

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