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The characters described through their stories in Douglas Couplands Generation X
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

My intention with this essay was to explore whether the three main characters in Generation X, written by Douglas Coupland, were really telling about themselves in their stories. They are three very different individuals, but at the same time very alike and individuality is a thing that they all cherish. For instance they are all three of them afraid of being alone for the rest of their lives, but they wish to live an entirely different life than society expects them to live. Each of the three characters is yearning to meet someone to love and to be loved back. Love in Generation X comes in form of human friendships, and love of dogs. Love between people is described as both obsessions and getting together with other people, or they are manifested by the parents’ generation who have mainly stayed monogamous for life or have been divorced a great number of times. Their own friendship makes them feel loved and appreciated which makes them stay together and enjoy each others´company. All three of them have problems in communicating with others and prefer to conceal their feelings in symbols in their stories. They detest the material society where everybody is judged by their possessions and are living for status and being “hip”. One major problem for all of them is that they are not really certain of their identities and wish to find out what to do with the rest of their lives. The book is a very interesting and amusing story, with many “hidden” clues about who they really are, what they mean and what they desire.

Abstract [en]

My intention with this essay was to explore whether the three main characters in Generation X, written by Douglas Coupland, were really telling about themselves in their stories. They are three very different individuals, but at the same time very alike and individuality is a thing that they all cherish. For instance they are all three of them afraid of being alone for the rest of their lives, but they wish to live an entirely different life than society expects them to live. Each of the three characters is yearning to meet someone to love and to be loved back. Love in Generation X comes in form of human friendships, and love of dogs. Love between people is described as both obsessions and getting together with other people, or they are manifested by the parents’ generation who have mainly stayed monogamous for life or have been divorced a great number of times. Their own friendship makes them feel loved and appreciated which makes them stay together and enjoy each others´company. All three of them have problems in communicating with others and prefer to conceal their feelings in symbols in their stories. They detest the material society where everybody is judged by their possessions and are living for status and being “hip”. One major problem for all of them is that they are not really certain of their identities and wish to find out what to do with the rest of their lives. The book is a very interesting and amusing story, with many “hidden” clues about who they really are, what they mean and what they desire.

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2002. , 20 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53706Local ID: ENG C-14OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53706DiVA: diva2:1102266
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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