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Goffman, Erving. “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.” In Social Theory Re-Wired, edited by Wesley Longhofer and Daniel Winchester, 452-463. New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2012. (11)

Goffman’s piece, “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life,” exacts an equally as pessimistic point of view as “The Stranger”. The necessity to take a solid “belief in the part one is playing” in life is controversial and begs the question of destiny and objectivity in the everyday realm.73 This version of rather Shakespearean discourse is not lost on the modern day, as many theories interplay with the interpretation of the self as not much more than a pawn in a much bigger scheme, what Goffman’s argument does bring up, though, is the acceptance of this by the individual. Arguments such as his work with ideals of class in mind, many a time referencing the urgency the inferior might feel in convincing the superior of the acceptance of their role. As a citizen of the species humans tend to take on various roles, ones which they may or may not stick to strongly.






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