The word “identity” is defined as who the person is, the characteristics that define him, how he thinks about himself and how he is viewed by everyone else. Among the four daughters whose stories constitute the novel, Lena St. Clair is one of the weaker characters. She is fragile, and acts according to what other people think about her. Thus, she lacks the drive to assert herself, failing to take initiatives. The song “Because of You” by Kelly Clarkson is about the artiste telling her father the pain of their deteriorating relationship following the divorce of her parents. This can be contrasted with the relationship between Ying-Ying and Lena, which is one aspect of and also what lead to, the many things that shape Lena’s identity, including her character traits, the predicament she faces and her thoughts.
At the chorus, the audience finds out about Kelly Clarkson becoming passive because of her father. This is especially highlighted in the line “Because of you; I never stray too far from the sidewalk”. Under her father’s influence, Kelly became someone who does not bother to change things as seen in her ‘walking direction’ not changing much. She simply accepts what happens and what people do, “(playing) on the safe side so (she doesn’t) get hurt”. Similarly, under the influence of her mother, Lena became compliant as well. As a child, Lena was controlled by Ying-Ying who shared with her horrible tales about the consequences of disobedience, perhaps trying to prevent her