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...