It has been argued that "Trainspotting" by Irvine Welsh is a critique of materialism in western society. Do you agree?
It has been said that Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting is a critique of both excess, and the culture of, materialism. The characters in Trainspotting are drug users and have alienated themselves from society. However, is this a rejection of materialistic society or is it a result of their exclusion from society, and their inability to 'succeed' due to their social class?
Trainspotting is a poignant story told with a certain rawness and harsh resignation that exposes the reality of the ruthless world in which the characters of the novel are born into. They are working class and, it can be argued, the very name of their school, birthplace, accent and mannerisms are all indicators of the fact that they will remain working class for the rest of their lives:
"The kid's name wis doon fir H.M.Prison Saughton