In the novel “The Accidental Billionaires” written by Ben Mezrich in 2010, the character Mark Zuckerberg plays an important role. The reader is introduced to Mark already in the first two chapters, starting in the first chapter with a really short part about him.
Mark Zuckerberg is the son of a dentist and a psychiatrist, who grew up in the upper-middle-class of New York (p.38, ll.20-21), he is studying at the Harvard University. He has a gawky figure, curly blondish brown hair, light blue eyes and a prominent nose (p.38, ll.5-9). It’s not easy to estimate him, because there is nearly no sense of natural emotion or readability in his face, if at all in his eyes, and also there is no real inflection in his voice which could reveal his mood or feelings (p.38, ll.9-10; p.40, ll.11-13). Mark is really intelligent, he’s talking and thinking really fast, but his kind of speaking is also monotone, without any emotion (p.40, l.23). Proving his intelligence, he also thinks a lot about his future, e.g. his wish to join the Porcellian or that he refused the offer of Microsoft knowing that he could do better things with his program in the future than getting a million dollar for selling it (p.39, ll.1-4). But Mark also seems to not have a lot of experience with empathy, maybe he’s also not really able to empathize with others. He doesn’t recognize when he hurts somebodys feelings, and if he does, he’s not sure why and how to appease the situation. He’s also a bit sarkastic, which can fastly be taken the wrong way (p.43, l.2). That makes his behaviour very rational and a bit calculating, too. Mark also often behaves like a smart-ass (p.41, l.25).