Apocalyptic texts represent end-of-world scenarios, where the structured and peaceful way of life are replaced by chaos, destructions and uncertainties, creating an unimaginable world vastly different from what we know currently.
Faced with a prospect of a bleak future and an avalanche of challenges, the behaviours of humans are unpredictable and can change greatly.
This issue aims to explore the complexity of humanity in the face of apocalypse, focusing on innate human traits such as personal identities, stereotypes and morality.
We aim to explore the issue of personal identities in our first article. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), the characters are thrust into an identity crisis when faced with an adversary as intelligent as humans in the apocalypse. How do they define themselves in the face of such danger? As in most apocalyptic movies, the humans answer this question by arming and distancing themselves from the apes as much as possible. This article examines how humans intrinsically define their identity using the tools they have around them. It goes on to talk about how the easiest solution we may have to that question may in turn just bring up more problems.