The Psychogeographical Understanding of Identity in both Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Mitch Albom’s Tuesday’s with Morrie

Aya Fayiz Zaki Al-Hasan, Baker M Bani-Khair

Abstract


This study questions the effect of geography on the identity of the main characters in Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray,
Love and Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie. This study also sheds light on the psychogeographical awareness
regarding identity growth and maturity in the major characters due to geographical drives. It mainly applies
Bachelard, Merlin, and Debord's Psychogeographical theories on both memoirs. It studies the effect of travelling to
three different countries on the identity formation of Liz. It also shows the effect of going to another city to visit the
dying professor on Mitch. It also shows how New York which is the place the two characters live in, affects their
identity formation process. It is indeed an important factor on the identity formation of both characters. It is one of
the essential elements in the formation of identity. Individuals still may change while they are in the same place but
that does not decrease the importance of changing the place on one’s identity.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/wjel.v8n1p1

World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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