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Deconstruction of identity ironically plays a major role in The Atrocity Exhibition. Ballard uses the prevalence of comparing women characters’ and celebrities’ bodies to and with each other (68) to divert focus from each woman’s individuality. The novel’s narrator and characters also often isolate specific body parts, disregarding the idea of a person as a whole. The constant emphasis on plastic models and mannequins also creates an anonymous representation of humans (64). One of the protagonists, first named Travis, undergoes several name changes that include Travers, Talbot, and Traven, constructing a disjointed and unclear portrayal of the character. Even the titles of each paragraph in chapters 10-12 and 14 lack concrete and complete ideas of the content that follows each title. This constant breakdown and inattention to individual identity emphasizes the disturbing tendency of media to focus only on the shallow appearance and aesthetic features of people rather than exploring a deeper, more complex aspect of their character. The images portrayed on television screens display two-dimensionally, and so the people shown in a way lose the depth of their physical identity as well.

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