Clay Arlington's Identity

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Suture The entire premise of the film seems to revolve around Clay Arlington losing his identity and gaining a new one from his counterpart half-brother. To create a sense of doubt about your own identity. It wants you to question how much of our identity is formed by our environment. But the question I want to ask is how much of our identities are ours alone? And does it even matter? Dr. Shinoda makes a concluding statement about Clay's happiness at the end of the film "... it will be false, empty, for he has buried the wrong life, the wrong past, buried his soul...". Is this statement really true? While this movie does not put a heavy focus on this aspect of identity, it does leave a number of clues. In the beginning of the story, within…show more content…
Descartes. Already we can see that his character, even after his amnesia is largely the same. This is even after being surounded by a drastically different environment, one where he is rich and is largely looked after for by the same crowd that Vincent Towers was raised with. The entire time as he was recovering, Clay was forced to listen to story after story about who he supposedly was. His personality, his championship shooting skill, he was even given pictures and a video of himself that displayed much of his former personality. Why is it then that Vincent Towers grew up to be a lone wolf and cold murderer but Clay Arlington was a thoughtful, social and humorous man when he was also "raised" in the same environment? It becomes clear to Clay as time goes on that he is not the Vincent Towers that he was told to be, but notice that he has made no attempt to even try to be the same Vincent as was described. Dr. Shinoda states that Clay's happiness would be false because he has buried his identity, but that does not seem to be what has happened at all. Rather, what this film shows is that Clay was able to retain his personality and values under a new name and society or the environment did not even care or so much as notice. That even the most drastic of "essential" or "basic" differences…show more content…
It is Dr. Shinoda's very own statements about identity in the beginning of the film that shoots down his arguements against Clay at the end. Clay Arlington after regaining his memories is fully aware of who he is and that it is not the former Vincent Towers. While he may now take his name and live in a new environment, Clay has had to make no attempt at becoming more like the original Vincent. The original's family and friends seem to have accepted his changes wholly, or they may even welcome it, for he seems to have become much more pleasant to them. Is this any different from changing your name and
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