In Part One, my argument centered on the idea of private and public identities in

The Intuitionist. Throughout the novel, Frank Chancre, Pompey, and Lila Mae show one (or more) versions of themselves in public, but reveal a slightly different mentality or motivation in private. Whitehead uses these differences to emphasize that a person relies on both to create the idea of a true self.


Part Two plays with the idea of public and private self in a very simplistic way. If you’ve ever played dress up (in real life or on the internet), this is a similar method of determining a person’s skill through what they wear and how they answer questions. For this example, I’m basing it off of the Myers Briggs personality test, because there is a lot of information regarding questions, style of dress, and ideas regarding it. Two sections (personality and likes) are considered “private” life, and the remaining two (clothes and event questions) and considered “public” life. Finally, the person will be shown their public score (four letters), private score (four letters) and overall score. This emphasizes the differences in public and private life, while still combining them for an overall “true self” score. The excel document shows one way it could be quantified. Each question is worth a certain number of points, and there is a range of points possible for each letter (low score means Extrovert, high score means Introvert). This would be the simplest way to quantify answers, without delving into nuances of questions.

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