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Suppression of Individuality in Radiohead's, Fake Plastic Trees "Fake Plastic Trees" criticizes how contemporary society stifles individuality and compels people to consume idealized conceptions of how life should be. The whole song centers around the concept that humans, either through their own fallibility or through society's relentlessness, easily and obliviously mold their lives according to the unspoken standards they set themselves. The end result is a shallow, artificial, "fake plastic" dwelling that perpetuates itself and destroys uniqueness. The first two poems, that reveal that the tragic effects of pretense, elicit feelings of despair and pointlessness. The image of a girl watering a plastic money tree is heavily shadowed by colors of existentialism. The act of nurturing is the woman's attempt to make something genuine, something reflecting her identity. The gloomy, unworthy reality lies in the fact that her "creation" thrives unto itself, living because the product of society's aims and inhibitions and outlooks, not hers. The plastic tree is a misconstrued representation of her true self. Helpless and beguiled, she falls victim to the ruthless nature of society and its indifference to the individual experience. Her green plastic watering can For her fake Chinese rubber plant In the fake plastic earth That she bought from a rubber man In a town full of rubber plans To get rid of itself This artificialness of life is all-encompassing; no one is spared. The people around the woman are only as deceived as she is: the "fake plastic earth", the "rubber man", and the "town full of rubber plans" all point to a self-contained societal body that runs without human contribution. What's sadly ironic is that the peo...

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