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Identity as Oxford Dictionary defines is simply who someone is This definition opens up the concept of identity to many interpretations an example of which is shown through the novel About A Boy by Nick Hornby The novel is essentially about a man and a boy helping each other find their own identities Will is a 36 year old man who is unwilling to settle down in life while Marcus is a 12 year old boy who spends the day stressing about his suicidal and depressed mother Will being cool and trendy is contrasted with Marcus who is old fashioned and traditional Already we can see a mix up of identities Through their conflicting personalities Marcus helps Will grow up while Will helps Marcus become a kid Hornby intended this to reveal to the readers the concept of social or personal identity He shows through the depiction of these two main characters that identity is not how other people see you rather it is how you see yourself For example does what his mother wishes him to do This is shown when Marcus says But all that happens is we have an argument and I lose and I do what you want me to do The quote suggests that Marcus does not think the same way as his mother only he has no choice but to do so Will on the other hand acts trendy and fashionable in order to fit in with society The quote how you spent Christmas was a message to the world about where you were at in lifeshows that Will does not care about any depth or meaning whatsoever- he merely cares about how he may be perceived from the outside Hornby therefore shows here that identity should not be how others want you to act rather it should be what you are Hornby also uses many literary techniques to portray his concept of identity For example he uses a
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