Identity Crisis in Martin Amis's Money and London Fields

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Abdelrahman J. Othman
Rebwar Z. Mohammed


Martin Amis’s novels are known for their representation of the dilemma of human beings in facing the problems of their age. Problems that may lead them to the status of crisis and expose them to sever psychological pain. This paper deals with issues related to identity and the traumatic conditions of the characters in two of Martin Amis's outstanding novels which are Money and London Fields.  Using a descriptive analytic approach, I will be highlighting how these characters pass through a status of crisis while living in an era of material idolization and greed that results in death of love and human noble emotions which consequently lead them to the verge of apocalypses. Although the setting of these novels are United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA), the author wants to present the case as an international problem that may affect human life in different places of the world. Through a harsh language and a realistic manifestation, Amis is disclosing the true face of modernity which apparently is very attractive but deep inside is full of atrocities and disaster. I will also indicate how some of the main characters overcome the challenges they face and are able to find out their lost identities after paying high prices both emotionally and psychologically.


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Othman, A. J. and Mohammed, R. Z. . (2021) “Identity Crisis in Martin Amis’s Money and London Fields”, Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(1), pp. 60-69. doi: 10.14500/kujhss.v4n1y2021.pp60-69.
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Abdelrahman J. Othman, Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Mr. Abdelrahman has graduated from the English department of the College of Arts in Salahaddin University in 1994 (Later changed to the College of Languages). He has worked for many years in the Humanitarian field in the International Committee of the Red Cross and Norwegian Refugee Council between 2001 and 2017. He has got his MA in English literature from Salahaddin University in 2012. He works as a faculty member in the English department of the Faculty of Arts at Soran University. Currently, he is doing a Ph.D. dissertation in English literature at Soran University.

Rebwar Z. Mohammed, Department of Translation, College of Languages, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq / V. P. For Scientific Affairs and Postgraduate Studies, Cihan University Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Dr. Rebwar  Zainadin Muhammad  is the vice-president of Cihan University-Sulaimani. His major is English Literature, English  Modern Drama.  He received his doctorate in  English Modern drama from University of Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan region. His publications are about English Drama. He currently teaches undergraduate students at Cihan University - Sulaimani and postgraduate students (Ph.D.) at the University of Sulaimani and Soran University. He has attended many international conferences inside and outside the country. His objective is to foster student's appreciation through teaching works of literature that are relevant to their lives, showing them that literary works have merit and meaning.


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