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The Formation of Identity Our own bodies can move without the will conducting them Descartes 73 This philosophy is based upon the idea that the body is simply a machine used by its agent the soul Therefore not only would the body be able to operate without the soul as Rene Descartes suggests assuming that will is enveloped in the idea of the soul but the soul would also be able to survive outside the body interchanging bodies and outside forms but still able to continue to exist or function in spite of losing its original or perhaps just long term agency The narrator in The Mask certainly uses this idea in the formation of her identity At first she barely even recognizes any connection between her body and her identity or what she views as her identity Then as the two blend she divides them again morphing into a machine much like the metaphor Descartes employs The separation of the body and soul not only allows her body to function without her identity conducting it but also allows her identity to remove itself from its original body to that of a machine The narrators identity in The Mask is shown as a separate entity from that of her body and therefore her identity does not exist as a result of or even in connection with her body rather it is formed by her thoughts memories and destiny From the beginning it is evident that her identity does not depend upon her body She existed in the beginning Lem 67 experiencing the darkness and cold flame 67 even before she experiences any physical knowledge of her body As each new sensation is discovered from physical feeling to actually knowing her gender she is able to comprehend more and conceive of more ideas yet she was still in complete ignorance about herself 69 referring to her body She is able to know of her feelings and
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