Is identity crisis one of the themes of Fatelessness?

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Identity crisis is definitely a theme in Fatelessness . Gyuri is forced to work in a labor camp where his identity as a young, healthy man is challenged by the demands of his captors and his failing body. When he's removed from the life he was used to living and...

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Identity crisis is definitely a theme in Fatelessness. Gyuri is forced to work in a labor camp where his identity as a young, healthy man is challenged by the demands of his captors and his failing body. When he's removed from the life he was used to living and put into a new situation where the things that made him Gyuri don't seem to matter, he begins to question who he is and what his life truly is.

Gyuri is a young man who feels relatively untouchable, even when his father is sent away to a labor camp. When he is forced to go to concentration camps, his sense of identity begins to fall apart. He never has the stability that he would need to develop an identity as a young boy; he's only 14. Gyuri is living through a period in his life where he should be finding out who he is, but he's forced to instead focus on his daily survival. His physical breakdown increases as his spiritual breakdown does, and he seems to lose his hopes and aspirations for the future.

It's clear when he's in the hospital that Gyuri is facing an identity crisis and severe depression. Even the thought of healing enough that he'll have to go back to the camp is horrifying to him. It isn't until he's free and able to consider the opportunities that freedom offers him that he can start thinking about who he might be in the future. For example, he thinks that his mother might encourage him to be a doctor or an engineer.

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