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Neuromancer: Identity in the Face of Perspective

Case as our protagonist is introduced as half the man he used to be. Separated from his other half (in one sense his cowboy console persona, in another the matrix itself) Case is broken and unable to settle into a life he so desperately wishes to adapt to. The Case whose thoughts leak into the main narrative of the novel is clearly depressed and yearns for this other half, for his cyber persona. This other persona is his motivationally charged self. It is his innate desires and raw source of who he is. While it is introduced to us in this way, the concept and theme of two part identities is prevalent and fairly rampant in the scope of the novel. Gibson shows clearly, through the course of his novel, that ignoring one’s full identity, both the personality and the desires, results in a loss of the individual as a whole.

Wintermute, and its mirror sibling AI Neuromancer, exhibit this relationship again, through the motivated desires of Wintermute to merge with its sibling, and the reluctance of Neuromancer to lose the identity it has already manufactured and settled into for itself.  Repeatedly, this relationship appears in all of the central characters. Molly is seen to be a mix of her old past self and her new cybernetic enhancements and prosthetics.