William Gibsons Pattern Recognition

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This paper is a discussion on the theme of identity in William Gibson's Pattern Recognition and Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy. It is discovered that both of these authors make imperfect use of language to confuse identity in the minds of their readers.


The novel has been referred to as science fiction for the twenty first century, and being thus find readers that relate to it not only throughout the cyber world but also those that are even minutely connected to the innovations in science and technology today. The novel is replete with neologisms. It therefore shares both its theme of identity in addition to its alternate use of language with Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy, consisting of the City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986), and The Locked Room (1986).
Auster's unclear and indeterminate use of language ensures that open relations between humans would not be possible without interpretations of identity on the part of humans that wish to understand the language thus used. In other words, Auster builds a wall of invented identity among people. It is a mask of self-representation, whereby people hide their real meanings behind facades of ambiguity and indecisiveness.
In order to communicate, human beings need a base from where to start out - a common standing that allows a communication to begin and progress - a mutual comprehension about the structure of the communication about to be started and advanced. This stable foundation is refuted by both poststructuralism and Auster's books. To some extent, it is also refuted by Gibson. ...
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