Shaping Identities Based on the Influence of Family:
in the novels Fight Club, The Virgin Suicides and The Namesake
Families can be loving and challenging, all in the same moments. What you take and learn from your childhood can affect you later on in life. Based on your home life as a younger child, you could become bitter and angry. If parents were not around much as a kid, you may feel anger toward authority when you become an adult. If you’re parents sheltered you as a child then you may not be prepared for what your future holds. The characters in Fight Club, The Virgin Suicides, and The Namesake have different family related issues that affected them later on in their life. There is a fine line between too much and too little power and support when it comes to family. The narrator in Fight Club has problems because he never really had a father figure to look up to when he was growing up. The characters in The Virgin Suicides and The Namesake have the opposite problem, their parents are a little over protective and they try to keep them safe and unknowledgeable of the world around them. This changes their identity by not realizing all that the world has to offer them. Families have to be cautious on how they raise their kids, however they do will be the way that they live their life from then on.
In the Fight Club, written by Chuck Palahniuk, the narrator loses his father at a very young age. He does not grow up with a father figure in his life, until he meets Tyler Durden. He seems to not having any love interests and goes about his days like any normal working class man would, except he has a problem. The narrator is a very severe insomniac. This gets the narrator into trouble throughout the book as he meets and slowly transforms into Tyler. The narrator’s misfortune with his life could be contributed to the absence of his father. Without his father in the early stages of his life, he missed learning many things that young men...