In the book "The Host" how does the main character find her identity?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The narrator in "The Host" has quite an interesting journey, where, at the end, she feels like she has discovered an indentity and life that she wants to live.  This is quite interesting, because in her alien form, she has lived for centuries in many, many different environments.  She has had the opportunity to experience many different lives, and to weight the pros and cons of each.  When she comes to earth and experiences a human body and experience, she is quite overwhelmed--they feel so strongly, care deeply, and experience things at an intensity that she is not prepared for.  In time though, she learns to love it.

So even though she came to earth with a strong sense of identity that had carried her through many other existences, she finds herself tossed upside-down and in a lot of tumult.  Humans make her question her race's motives, and unravel everything that she thought she valued and believed.  She ends up finding a new identity through her human friends and family.  Through their influence and guidance, she discovers a life and identity that she wants to live.  The bad examples of some of her own kind also push her in this direction.  She realizes that there might be a better way of living, and in the end, chooses that.

I hope that those thoughts helped; good luck!

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