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Coupland With the examination of Couplands writing the reader can find and explore many of the philosophical views that Coupland represents I have chosen to analyze the philosophical concepts of self and of knowledge In Generation X the concept of self is clearly found within the analyzing of the character of Dag The character of Dag represents the way that the people in Couplands stories do not have a strong sense of what they are doing There is no logical idea that Dags mind follows There is nothing but random thoughts and those thoughts dictate what the character of Dag does There is no logical thought process that Dag uses to make his decisions on the contrary Dag does not even think about the consequences that his friend will have to endure because of his irresponsibility The narrator of the story states I wish hed given some advance notice so I wouldnt have to knock myself out covering his tail for him at work 67 This shows that Coupland believes that the mind is very irrational in its thought process and that human tend to believe that they are the only ones effected by their actions when quite the opposite is true From the quote of the narrator we find that one person is responsible for another and that the obligation is there even if the other person does not request the help Therefore Coupland represents his idea that the self is not an independent entity without obligations to fellow people Coupland shows that he believes that although one person is irresponsible this does not mean that he is without responsibility Although Dag leaves the ramification of his leaving are represented within the story Someone has to take over his responsibilities and pick up the slack that he has left society Clearly Coupland is showing that it is necessary for a person to consider what repercussions his actions will have on the rest
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