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Theory of Alienation: Marx and Nietzsche - Marx’s theory of alienation is concerned primarily with social interaction and production; he believes that we are able to overcome our alienation through human emancipation. Marx’s theory of alienation is the process by which social organized productive powers are experienced as external or alien forces that dominate the humans that create them. He believes that production is man’s act on nature and on himself. Man’s relationship with nature is his relationship with his tools, or means of production....   [tags: Theory of Alienation]
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Marx's Theory of Alienation - Marx's theory of alienation has to do with the separation of things that logically belong together. According to Marx, alienation is a universal result of capitalism. Marx's theory of alienation is based upon his observation that, within the capitalist mode of production, workers consistently lose determination of their lives and fates by being deprived of the right to envision themselves as the administrator of their actions. Workers become autonomous, self-realized people, but are lead and diverted into goals and activities set down by those who have power....   [tags: Marx's Theory of Alienation] 1075 words
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Workplace Alienation - Throughout my work experience I have been a witness to various degrees of work alienation. As I continue to gather additional experience in the work environment and engage in discussions with fellow employees, it is clearly evident that there is workplace discontentment and feelings of being taken advantage of. Based on my work experiences to date, I agree with James Rinehart’s claim that forms of alienation are evident in the workplace. They force human beings into modes of behaviour that are unnatural and possibly harmful....   [tags: Work and Alienation]
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Karl Marx and Capitalist Alienation - The concept of alienation plays a significant role in Marx's early political writing, especially in the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1848, but it is rarely mentioned in his later works. This implies that while Marx found alienation useful in investigating certain basic aspects of the development of capitalist society, it is less useful in putting forward the predictions of the collapse of capitalism. The aim of this essay is to explain alienation, and show how it fits into the pattern of Marx's thought....   [tags: Alienation Marxism Marxist]
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Karl Marx - Capitalist Alienation - Karl Marx - Capitalist Alienation THE TERM "alienation" in normal usage refers to a feeling of separateness, of being alone and apart from others. For Marx, alienation was not a feeling or a mental condition, but an economic and social condition of class society--in particular, capitalist society. Alienation, in Marxist terms, refers to the separation of the mass of wage workers from the products of their own labor. Marx first expressed the idea, somewhat poetically, in his 1844 Manuscripts: "The object that labor produces, its product, stands opposed to it as something alien, as a power independent of the producer." Most of us own neither the tools and machinery we work with nor the prod...   [tags: Alienation Capitalist Society Marxism] 649 words
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Marx's Idea of Workers' Alienation From the Production Process - Alienation is a process in which humanity is progressively turned into stranger in world created by labour. (A. Swingewood 2000 p32). It succeeds in creating vast accumulations of wealth at one pole of society, an increase in value of thing achieved only at the cost of progressive defaulting human life itself. Alienation however, occur only when humanity having externalised itself, encounter it’s own activity, it essence, operating as an external, alien and oppressive power....   [tags: Workers' Alienation] 1627 words
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ALIENATION OF A NATION - In a society enshrouded by a type of melancholy found only in Turkey, there is no feeling more pervasive than alienation. Like a low flying cloud, hüzun hangs over Turkey and fills even the brightest hopes of the Republic with a measure of gloom. Caused principally by a crisis of identity, alienation renders much of the population of Turkey detached from the political and social processes. Though Turkey was once a part of a great empire that spanned much of Europe and Asia, it is now a dwarf of its former self....   [tags: International Politics]
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The Dehumanizing Effect of Alienation and the Restoration of Self Identity in Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis - ... This statement establishes the idea of Gregor’s life being a constant cycle of labour; then again Gregor hasn’t missed a work day “in the course of the past five years” (Kafka 89). Furthermore, it is also ironic that his mother is “sensible”, a Marxist characteristic of the capitalist class, that the family unit itself is indeed the root cause of Gregor’s lack of societal involvement (Sokel 216). Walter H. Sokel, using Marxist ideology, argues that work must not be merely dictated by the external need or commands of others (Sokel 216)....   [tags: self-identity, alientation, tranformation]
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Alienation in Wisconsin - In recent weeks, Madison, Wisconsin has been in complete uproar with large protests against Governor Scott Walker’s budget bill. This budget bill would deny collective-bargaining rights to public sector workers in which the governor purposes will help with the state’s financial problems. By proposing this budget bill, Governor Walker is attacking unions which have nothing to do with the financial problems of the state. In fact, these unions have already agreed to make financial adjustments but the governor has rejected these proposals....   [tags: Government ]
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Labor and Alienation - “Political economy conceals the estrangement inherent in the nature of labor by not considering the direct relationship between the worker (labor) and production” (Pg. 30). According to Marx, human nature is neither fixed nor transcendent; instead, it is alterable and embedded in the productivity of everyday life. The only fixed attribute that we have is our openness. We are different from other animal species in the sense that we are able to adapt to different natural environments by creating a social environment....   [tags: Labor] 1721 words
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Alienation Comparison: The Secretary Chant and Alienation and Orange - It’s self-evident, feelings & emotions are more intimate & personal than percentages, statistics, & numbers. “The Secretary Chant”, a poem about a woman so engrossed in her job she is turning into it, has the theme of alienation. As does “Alienation & Orange Juice: The Invisibility of Labor”, is an article that speaks about a commercial that has no humans shown and causes the alienation of the workers from the end result of their work by the absence of their portrayal. Those texts are both effective to certain degrees in their portrayal of alienation, so one can be considered better than the other in their manner of treating the subject....   [tags: Evan Stewart, Marge Piercy]
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The Experience of Alienation and Existential Crisis - The unique features of a local environment always give special characteristics to its inhabitants. The living environment has a large influence on people. For example, customs, traditions and cultural changes in their environment due to the psychological and ideological. With the development of society, people are not limited to living in their own home, for various reasons, will go a different place to live or work. However, strange and adapt to a new environment for the first time will become more evident, and even feel alienated and existential crisis....   [tags: living environment, culture, customs]
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Lost in Translation: Alienation and Disconnection - Lost in Translation (2003), a film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, tells the story of two privileged Americans in Tokyo: Charlotte, a young photographer’s wife and creative soul, overcome by ennui, searching for inspiration; and Bob, a once-relevant actor past his prime, working as a high-paid whiskey spokesman and struggling through a mid-life crisis. Besieged by jetlag, Bob and Charlotte are out of their element, forced from the unchallenging pattern of their daily lives, leaving them vulnerable and ripe for change....   [tags: Sofia Coppola] 2015 words
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Theme of Alienation in Literature - A Alienation is a common theme in literature as it can elicit many deep emotions. It can be attached to characters who have acted very drastically or who need to do so. Either way, alienated characters create a sense of intrigue with the personal reliance that they are faced with. Receiving help from others is not as applicable to these people. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Anne Sexton’s, “The Farmer’s Wife,” and T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” each magnificently create their own sense of character alienation....   [tags: Literary Review] 1110 words
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Symbols of Alienation and Loneliness - Symbols of Loneliness and Alienation According to DiYanni, Symbols in fiction are simply objects, actions, or even events that convey meaning. The meaning they convey extends beyond their literal significance, beyond their more obvious actual reason for being included in the story (Literature 95). In “The Chrysanthemums,” John Steinbeck reveals the theme of loneliness and alienation of a woman from her husband through his symbolic use of a realistic setting, character, tinker, chrysanthemums, and conversations....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Steinbeck] 1083 words
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Alienation Theory Proven Wrong - According to Karl Marx’s theory of Alienation, alienation is defined “the separation of things that naturally belong together, or to put antagonism between things that are properly in harmony.” Alienation could also be defined as estrangement of one from his or her society. Alienation occurs as a result of people feeling different or abnormal from other members of their class, group, organization, or society. The different kinds of alienation are: self-imposed alienation, alienation imposed by society, racial, social, political, economic, forced alienation, alienation due to physical traits, alienation within a family, is...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Human Alienation and Computational Ecopoetics - ... Poetic expression is way of stepping outside the frame of the technological, of reawakening the momentary wonder of unconcealment. The creative nature of poetic act has the ability to be affected by absent things as if they were present and to affect thoughts and feelings that arise. (Wordsworth and Coleridge 1798) Wordsworth suggests that poetry is “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings,” but also “emotion recollected in tranquillity” leading to the creation of a new emotion in the mind....   [tags: sustainable behavior, natural phenomena] 528 words
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Alienation, Exploitation, and Social Media - The grandest element of today’s culture is perhaps technology – social media’s takeover in particular – and its frightening ability to exploit us in what we do, what we think, what we “like,” what we believe. Social media was created as a way for adults, teens, and now even children to truly reposition themselves – to go from their simple selves to a kind of social celebrity. We can certainly blame “culture” for this exploitation, but as frequent users of media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we are ultimately exploiting ourselves....   [tags: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram]
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The Alienation of Being Homeless - ... 1). An issue with only using a qualitative method is efficacy, qualitative studies cannot address relationships between variables with the degree of accuracy that is required to establish social trends (Sarantakos 2013, p. 46). Therefore, the data collected is not representative as it is based on small samples such as focus groups (Sarantakos 2013, p. 46). Thus, the information collected from this method cannot be generalised to the population. However, quantitative research relates to numerical data (Sarantakos 2013, p....   [tags: social science, youth, employment]
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Coparceber´s Right of Alienation - ... Ramamurthi v Govindaswami Mudaliar. The alienee also has the right to sue for specific performance, though the performance will only be in a limited sense. In Kartar Singh v. Harjinder Singh, the Hon’ble Supreme Court held that where the shares are separable and a party enters into an agreement even for sale of share belonging to other co-sharer, a suit for specific performance was maintainable at least for the share of the executor of the agreement, if not for the share of other co-sharers....   [tags: alienee, supreme court, ]
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Agent Alienation in Consequentialism - In “Consequentialism and Integrity,” Bernard Williams criticizes consequentialism on the ground that it is inherently unreasonable due to its insistence on negative responsibility, and as a result, denies the agent integrity. Peter Railton’s “Alienation, Consequentialism, and the Demands of Morality” is a response to Williams and a defense of consequentialism. In the following essay, I will explain Williams’s attack on consequentialism, and Railton’s argument that consequentialism need not deny the agent integrity....   [tags: Consequentialism and Integrity] 1437 words
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Alienation From the Workplace - Alienation from the workplace is common among people in our society today. We must work to earn a living, and not everyone is fortunate enough to work at a job that is their passion. As a result of settling for employment in a field that may not be enjoyable, people may become resentful, lose motivation or even become mentally unstable. This is evident in the movies “Fight Club” and “Office Space”. The characters from each movie loathe their jobs, and they start to take a toll on the characters and lead them to dangerous activities....   [tags: Movie Examples, Employee Protests]
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Parental Alienation - Parental Alienation has had an enormous impact on my life. Being, separated from my daughters was the most dramatic event I have ever experienced. Preferably, I would be writing about the joyfulness of marriage and fatherhood. However, in this case it is not to be a happy conclusion, yet. For a time, there was nothing more pleasurable in my life. There is nothing, I can truly say that can compare to the emotions of becoming a father for the first time. Perhaps that is, why there is nothing that can compare to the pain of parental alienation....   [tags: Family Psychology ]
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Parental Alienation - Parental Alienation has had an enormous impact on my life. Being, separated from my daughters was the most dramatic event I have ever experienced. Preferably, I would be writing about the joyfulness of marriage and fatherhood. However, in this case it is not to be a happy conclusion, yet. For a time, there was nothing more pleasurable in my life. There is nothing, I can truly say that can compare to the emotions of becoming a father for the first time. Perhaps that is, why there is nothing that can compare to the pain of parental alienation....   [tags: Divorce, Syndrome, Rejection] 731 words
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The Alienation Effect in A Room of One's Own - ... He wrote that when audiences saw their world presented in a realistic and emotional way; they saw “the structure of society… as incapable of being influenced by society” (Brecht 189). In other words, watching representational theatre made society seem to be unchangeable. On the other hand, by working to de-familiarize the depictions of the world of his audience, it became possible to it possible to “free socially-conditioned phenomena from that stamp of familiarity which protects them against our grasp today” (Brecht 192)....   [tags: Virgina Woolf extended essay analysis] 1749 words
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Resolving Alienation Issues - Among the many difficulties with which adolescents struggle, peer relationships and social acceptance appear to be at the top. Young adults rely on their peers for getting emotional and social needs met so peer relationships are a crucial part of their psychological development (Can Peer & Parent, 2012). As an adolescent’s social arena increases so does the probability of negative peer relationships and perceived social rejection (Tiwari & Ruhela, 2012). “Alienation grows as soon as the feeling of significant others in comparison to one’s own feelings of insignificance emerge” (Shrivastava & Mukhopadhyay, 2009, p....   [tags: child counseling]
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Alienation of Process according to Karl Marx - ... The proletariat may be able to put value in the product they make, but it does not necessarily mean they “own” the product. As a result, the higher class, in this case the entrepreneurs, makes revenue of the product produced by the maker. “All profit where the workers don’t own the means of production is based on exploitation” (89). The proletariats, therefore, are mistreated for the entrepreneurs’ benefit of gaining surplus value. Although the maker of the product is being exploited, he or she is placed in a tough position to work for little in order to make ends meet....   [tags: entrepreneur, exploitation, capitalism] 664 words
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Alienation within Beloved - ... Garner, who seems a much more gentle man than his predecessor, still fulfills the role of the definer. As he proudly proclaims that he treats his slaves like “men” he still accepts that it is within his rights to label them as he pleases. They are men because he gives that to them, thus challenging if their manhood is anything more than a title. This causes the slaves to look to their master in order to understand themselves the way their master sees them. This act of looking upwards for identity only further increases the slaves alienation, for instead of creating community and identifying within each other, the slaves look to their master for how to define themselves....   [tags: Toni Morrison, cultural trauma]
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Alienation Amidst Dissimilarity: The Kite Runner - It is natural for the human mind to feel rejected when it does not receive the attention it deems appropriate. This concept can otherwise be defined as alienation. “Alienation occurs when a person withdraws or becomes isolated from other people in his or her environment. People who are alienated will often reject loved ones or society, and feel distant and estranged from their own emotions” (Alienation 1). Multiple times in the novel The Kite Runner, the protagonist, Amir, lives through an alienation that causes him to search for alternative routes in order to feel accepted....   [tags: Hosseini, literature, writing style]
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Alienation in Arun Joshi´s The Foreigner - ... Due to his rootless behavior, the impression gathered by other characters that came in contact with him in which June remarked: “There is something strange about you Something distant. I guess that when people are with you they don’t feel like they are with a human being. May be it is an Indian characteristic but I have a feeling you’d be foreigner anywhere”(5) And Sheila told him sometime after he came to India: “You are still a foreigner, you don’t belong here”(6) Sindi Oberoi leaves an impression on any of the characters with whom he is coming in contact that he is alien....   [tags: indian english novel, suffering of mankind]
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Marxist Theory: Capitalism Leads to Alienation - Summarise the main points of the arguments of theory/theorist you have read (1000 words) Marxism is considered to be a radically alternative view to the development of economic, philosophical, political and sociological theories of society in comparison with other theories and theorists. Marxists tend to be more macro sociologists focussing more on wider society and the material production within this, rather than individuals within it. Craib, I (1997:36) says that with Marx comes the realisation that human beings are not the creators of society, rather than the creature and are the product of the society in which they are born into....   [tags: unhappiness, unequality] 1617 words
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Creation and Alienation in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Since the beginning of time, we have believed that the act of childbirth is miraculous, and one of the most selfless things a person can do. In addition, when one is created, one is inevitably born with a genetically predisposed look. However, nowadays, it is common for someone to judge a person based on things in particular, but not limited to a slender physique, or a beautiful face, in essence ones looks, rather than their personality. Therefore, it seems befitting to say that we are shallow and petty, and thus avoid talking to people who do not fit into this particular criterion, ultimately isolating ourselves from them....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Role of Alienation in The Sun Also Rises - What I would like to show you by writing this essay is that for many individuals in many different generations, for some less for others more explicit, the time they live in does not fit their outlook on life. Because of this they live different lives than their generation and the cultural setting and standards of their era would expect them to live. They feel alienated and left out, or they are strange in the eyes of others, eccentric even, they do not fit in their time and the set of moral and aesthetic standards they live in....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 652 words
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Alienation of Elle: Clash of Culture or Class? - The characters in the novel, The Age of Innocence, consistently blame Ellen’s apparent ignorance of everything proper on her upbringing, which took place in Europe instead of America’s Old New York. The assumption is that, although it is Ellen’s fault for not trying harder, she is not entirely to blame for her outlandish habits and opinions. Old New York’s inhabitants view Europe as barbaric and radical, although artistically rich. It is the general belief that although travel to Europe is a refined ambition, living there is universally looked down upon....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1274 words
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Alienation in Hamlet - Alienation in Hamlet In Hamlet, Shakespeare depicts alienation among the younger characters. Trusting no one, Claudius, the new king, and Polonius send out spies to obtain information from others to assure Claudius's rule of Denmark runs smoothly. Claudius killed Old Hamlet for the rule of Denmark and he fears that Hamlet might know of the murder. Both Claudius and Polonius spy on Hamlet to find out if he knows of the murder. Polonius sends his daughter, Ophelia, out to also gain information....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 746 words
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Exploration of Alienation - Exploration of Alienation “It has to go”, cried his sister. “That’s the only answer, Father. You just have to try to get rid of the idea that it’s Gregor. Believing it for so long, that is our real misfortune. But how can it be Gregor. If it were Gregor, he would have realized long ago that it isn’t possible for human beings to live with such a creature, and would have gone away of his own free will” (Kafka 52). The relationship between family member’s in Kafka’s Metamorphosis is an interesting theme addressed, and somewhat distressing subject....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Progress or Alienation - Progress or Alienation Our society has alienated itself far from the reality of the way things are and the way they should be, through the use and misuse of scientific knowledge and technology. Science is defined as, “a logical organized method of obtaining information through direct, systematic observation.” Sometimes science does not seem organized, in fact it seems like it opens us up to a different realm of possibilities that have consequences far beyond our wildest dreams. Scientific knowledge is something that sometimes cannot be controlled or monitored, but needs to be for the sake of the greater population....   [tags: Technology Scientific Technological Essays]
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Alienation in the lives of Arab Women - Alienation in the lives of Arab Women Alienation: al·ien·a·tion ( l y -n sh n, l - -) n. The act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement; isolation or dissociation. Alienation is a concept that is universal to all people of all cultures in the world and throughout all time periods. These feelings of alienation, in some form or another, have affected every human begin that has ever taken a breath and will until the race is extinct. It is these feelings of alienation that influence so many of our activities, our thoughts, and the way we shape our lives and the manner in which we form our societies....   [tags: Research Culture Arabic Essays]
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Comparing The Concepts of Anomie and Alienation - Comparing The Concepts of Anomie and Alienation In order to answer the question posed, it is important to firstly define what is meant by the two important terms, I can then both compare and contrast Anomie and Alienation and discuss some of the complex issues surrounding both. Alienation is seen to be the separation from oneself, other individuals, society, or work. Some sociologists believe that alienation is inevitably produced not by the individual but by the shallowness and the lack of individuality of modern society....   [tags: Papers] 1049 words
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Marx and His Theory of Alienation - Marx and His Theory of Alienation Marx wrote "On The Jewish Question" in 1844. It was a written response to Bauer's works. In his works, Bauer said that Jews should give up their religion and fight for their civil rights. Bauer believed the Jews should become emancipated from the Germans and Christians. Marx contradicted this entire belief through the idea that civil emancipation does truly emancipate. In "On the Jewish Question," Marx went on to criticize the liberal notion of universal human rights....   [tags: Papers] 643 words
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Alienation - Love is one of the most liberating connections two people can hold between each other when it is authentic and sincere. Many find completion and satisfaction when they find this ideal, true love in another. However, when love is turned into a façade in order to create the image of an perfect, fulfilling relationship, it can be alienating and destructive. In Walker Percey’s essay, The Man on the Train, he claims that love is ultimately a source of alienation instead of an escape into wonderful satisfaction....   [tags: essays research papers] 1243 words
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Alienation And Discrimination: Of Mice And Men - The 1930s was a time period in which racial discrimination played a vital role in the lives of minorities. Around this time period many men were rovers, or men who wandered in search of work. These men were often very lonely. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Crooks, a black stable buck, endures alienation due to racial discrimination. Racial discrimination also hinders him from any type of success. Despite the hardships, he overcomes these obstacles and faces this struggle head on. Forced into isolationism, due to segregation, alienation becomes Crooks’ companion....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Alienation In The Grapes Of Wrath - An effective way writers demonstrate the moral values of a society is by not telling the story from one in the society, but from the point of view of a person alienated from it. This method reveals small things that one in the society would not notice and provides different insights only one from outside the society can notice. Such is the case in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Tom Joad's alienation from the rich Californian landowners shows that money is the top priority of those who own land, while the poor, assumed-worthless families are on the opposite end of the spectrum....   [tags: John Steinbeck] 1066 words
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Alienation in The Revolver, Housewife, and How it Feels to Be Colored Me - When society thinks of the term alienation, are they referring to the person ostracized by society or are they referring to the person who is psychologically separated from themselves. There are several different uses of this term. However, two uses seem to be especially predominating: the sociological processes and the psychological states. In “The Revolver,” “Housewife,” and “How it feels to be colored me,” Bazan, Chughtai, and Hurston respectively, relate both the social and the psychological aspects of alienation with respect to fear, oppression, and identity....   [tags: How It Feels to Be Colored Me] 1942 words
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Alienation in The Minister's Black Veil - Alienation in The Minister's Black Veil "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story about one clergyman's alienation due to his outward dressing. Reverend Hooper was a well-respected preacher who got along well with the townspeople until one day when he appeared wearing a black veil over his face that consisted "of two folds of crape, which entirely concealed his features, except the mouth and chin" (Hawthorne 253). From that day onward, he was alienated both socially and physically from his community and from himself due to his inability to remove the veil....   [tags: Papers] 490 words
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Alienation in In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World - ... Mustapha Mond says that he was “too much interested in the truth” and also “That’s how I paid. By choosing to serve happiness. Other people’s- not mine.” (Huxley, 228-229) This quote reveals that in the end, for the prize of power over others, he ultimately sacrificed the fulfillment in science that made him a true individual, and instead acts in the name of society’s happiness. He also says that even though he personally likes Helmholtz’ romantic nature, due to society’s ruling, not his, he must banish Helmholtz due to his ideals....   [tags: Separation, Status quo]
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Brechtian Alienation in Theater Performance - Brechtian Alienation in Community Performance Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht, (b.1898-d.1956), known commonly as Bertolt Brecht, was a German poet and playwright. One of his major contributions to theatre history was the “alienation effect” (From the German, “Verfremdungseffekt”). Brechtian alienation requires the removal of the “fourth wall.” This is a term that describes the “suspension of disbelief” by the audience that takes place during a performance. It is often thought that the audience looks in on the play’s action through an invisible wall, just as the audience during a performance is focused upon a procenium stage....   [tags: essays research papers] 1209 words
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Alienation and Isolation in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden’s red hunting hat is the symbolic feature that alienates him from society. Ackley tells Holden “Up home we wear a hat like that to shoot deer in, for Chrissake… That’s a deer shooting hat” (Salinger 30), meaning Holden’s hat is only worn while hunting. Holden does not seem to care much for Ackley’s opinion and he wears it anyways. This shows Holden’s individuality and his uncommon desire compared to society’s- alienating him from the rest of society. Another symbolic feature is the catcher in the rye....   [tags: in touch with society] 692 words
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Theme of Alienation in Literature - Theme of Alienation in Literature A common theme among the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne is alienation. Alienation is defined as emotional isolation or dissociation from others. In Hawthorne's novels and short stories, characters are consistently alienated and experience isolation from society. These characters are separated from their loved ones both physically and psychologically. The harsh judgmental conditions of Puritan society are the cause of isolation for these characters and eventually lead to their damnation....   [tags: Papers] 923 words
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Karl Marx - Capitalist Alienation - A century and a half ago, Karl Marx established a theory that today is known as the backbone to modern socialism and communism. Marx viewed the early capitalism of his own day as inherently exploitive. At the core of capitalist production is what is considered surplus value, the value left over after the producer (in Marx’s case, factory owner) had paid the fixed costs of production such as raw materials, machinery, overhead and wages. The left over amount was kept as profit, a profit that Marx saw that was earned from the sweat of the labor....   [tags: Socialism Communism Labor] 700 words
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Moving from Alienation to Cooperation - Moving from Alienation to Cooperation As Jewish and Palestinian students, we've learned a lot about reconciliation in our Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue group. We know the process isn't easy. But after many meetings, we've moved from fear to trust, from alienation to cooperation. And if we can do it, others can too. We began with a handful of people who rejected the popular gloom and hopelessness of the seemingly endless violence in the Mideast. We had had success in working with a grassroots movement called Beyond War, which focused on team-building between "enemies" - Israelis and Palestinians....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays] 554 words
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Alienation in A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams - ... Blanche DuBois, the protagonist of the play, is introduced to the readers in the first scene, where she makes a surprise visit to her sister and her sister’s husband, Stella and Stanley. She is introduced as a fragile woman who the readers begin to feel sympathy for her. She had been asked to leave her job, and she lost the family estate. The readers also learn that Blanche is conflicted with her past; she tries to hide who she was. She appears all dressed up like she is going to a tea party....   [tags: mental institution, rape, promiscuous]
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Alienation in Kafka's The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis In German, the word Kafka uses to describe Gregor Samsa's transformation is ungezieter, which is a word used by the Germans during his lifetime in reference to the Jews. The literal English translation is "monstrous vermin." Kafka uses Gregor's family to show how inhumane society can be. In The Metamorphosis, Kafka uses his experiences to create much of Gregor's life. He indicates that Gregor's family only saw him as a means of survival before the change and took advantage of him....   [tags: Kafka Metamorphosis Essays] 650 words
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Migration in One Out of Many by V.S. Naipaul and The Old Chief Mshlanga by Doris Lessing - Migration of the human population began over a million years ago beginning in Africa and later across Asia and Europe. Since the beginning of human existence, migration has continued through both voluntary migration within one’s country or elsewhere and through involuntary migration, which includes the slave trade and human trafficking. The movement of labor to capital can simply illustrate modern migration, in its purest form. Because of the constant migration of humans across the globe, the assimilation of many cultures was forced....   [tags: alienation, fragmentation]
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Alienation and Loneliness in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - ‘..Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world they got no family they don’t belong no place.’ This is what many felt during the ‘great depression’ in the 1930’s. John Steinbeck gives us the sense that many felt lonely ‘they got no family they don’t belong no place. The main theme of this novel is alienation; the three characters, Curley’s wife, candy, and crooks are all alienated, and felt it by another person at some point. They all have dreams... it’s the American dream......   [tags: Literary Analysis] 744 words
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On the Margins of Society: The Cult of Alienation in World Literature - Spanning nearly two centuries of literature, Gulliver’s Travels, Notes from Underground, and The Metamorphosis maintain a concurrent theme. Jonathan Swift, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Franz Kafka, respectively, portray the complex dynamic between the community and the individual. The writers’ iconic protagonists similarly become estranged from society, in spite of the markedly different historical contexts behind them. Upon reading the aforementioned works, it could be deduced that achieving a sense of connectedness within one’s community is a feat irrespective of time period and any scientific and technological advances therein; that the plight of loneliness is programmed into the individual on...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Violence and Alienation in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Harper Lee has a number of characters that contribute to the novel and violent scenes in To Kill a Mockingbird, some that have meaning and some that do not. Some characters that appear often and some that have a minimal role in being seen in the novel, but the characters that do not appear often seem to have the biggest impact on the novel. There are three characters that are looked down on by society around them, one because of race and two because of their morals. Society disregarded these people simply because they were afraid that they could be like them and the unknown....   [tags: boo, monster, tom robinson]
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Alienation and LonelinessThe 1984 Novel by George Orwell - ... Since the story takes place in a seemingly quiet and small town grocery store, the setting of the A&P plays a significant role in the story. The setting of the story represented the uniformity and monotony during that time period. It helps to further enhance and move the plot along. Inside the A&P, Sammy refers to the townspeople as sheep throughout the story. “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle…I bet you could set off dynamite in an A&P and the people would by and large keep reaching and checking oatmeal off their list” (Updike 432)....   [tags: sammy, betrayal, ideologies]
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Effects of War in "In Another Country" by Earnest Hemingway - ... Another cause of the cultural alienation is the mental challenges war experience imposes which “the people who disliked us, did not understand.” Due to the fact that the constant death, danger and disaster of war is the environment that is normal to the soldiers, they have become disconnected from common people. This means that war has become their culture therefore separating them from that of the average culture of a nation. Because of the physical position and war experience, the officers live in a culture all their own and are isolated from the culture of the peoples that surround them....   [tags: Culture, Alienation]
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Marx’s Alienation of Labour - Marx’s Alienation of Labour There is deep substance and many common themes that arose throughout Marx’s career as a philosopher and political thinker. A common expressed notion throughout his and Fredrick Engels work consists of contempt for the industrial capitalist society that was growing around him during the industrial revolution. Capitalism according to Marx is a “social system with inherent exploitation and injustice”. (Pappenheim, p. 81) It is a social system, which intrinsically hinders all of its participants and specifically debilitates the working class....   [tags: Karl Marx Labour Essays]
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Alienation in Modern Society - Alienation in Modern Society I will compare and contrast Mike Newell's Dance with a Stranger and Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave in terms of alienation. The reasoning behind my choice is that these two films have explicit characteristics in the frame of alienation. Both highlight modern alienation in terms of alienated sexuality, isolation, normlessness whereas Newell discusses alienation also in class and gender difference perspective; Boyle discusses alienation in the working place as an alienated labour....   [tags: Art] 1279 words
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Existentialism: Existence Before Essence - ... This results in an unavoidable isolation from everybody else. Before Andy asked Red for a rock-hammer, Red knew, “Andy had no cell-mate, and … that was just the way he wanted it” (King 27). Andy needed time alone to himself to escape Shawshank. He had to do it without anyone's assistance because he must not be tempted by their different philosophies. He had to accomplish his escape alone with an alienated body and mindset. A modern example of this is developing a Master's thesis. It is the culmination of all of one's efforts to project their own findings in their own words....   [tags: alienation, nothingness] 785 words
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Alienation in King Lear and The Jew of Malta - Alienation in King Lear and The Jew of Malta During one time or another, every individual has experienced Alienation. Whether it is with family members, in our society, in our religion, in our educational institution and even in politics: “The most common form of alienation is the physical and cultural kind experiencing "foreignness" or "culture shock." This is also the kind of alienation that is most easily understood; however, when one feels alienated in one's own home, society, religion, or culture, it is more difficult to rationalize or understand that feeling of not belonging.” Alienation has been defined as when someone does not feel that he or she be...   [tags: Papers] 2050 words
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Parental Alienation Syndrome - Parental Alienation Syndrome is defined as a syndrome where one parent (usually the custodial parent) alienates the child or children from the other parent. A child psychiatrist organized this syndrome by the name of Richard Gardner. The fact that Parental Alienation Syndrome is used in custody litigations makes it a very controversial issue. The syndrome tends to target one parent and favor the other, sometimes leaving the child in compromising situations. Also, Gardner's 'syndrome' lacks scientific background and is seen as nothing more than a theory by many other professionals....   [tags: World Cultures] 857 words
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Marx's Idea of Alienation in Productive Activity - Marx's Idea of Alienation in Productive Activity (1) Marx explained that alienation is about the loss of human powers in the society and alienation separates human from his natural word, activities and makes man lose control over his labor activity. Marx alienation from productive activity emerged when human are barred by alienation from realizing their potentials and creativities, this was achieved under capitalism by division of labor which finally led to specialization in a specified or a fixed area of labor activity or task....   [tags: Papers] 1885 words
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Alienation in The Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath - The theme of alienation is relevant in both “The Catcher in the Rye” and “The Grapes of Wrath. It is an idea presented very prominently in both books, expressed through characters, actions, and events. The Catcher in the Rye focuses on Holden Caulfield, a socially inadequate, sixteen year old boy who distances himself from others as a display of mental superiority driven by the idea he possesses that everyone is a phony, while he appears to be the only one who has remained genuine and authentic in today’s society....   [tags: essays research papers] 606 words
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Historical Roles of Alienation, Class, and Hegemony - 2 Alienation, class, and hegemony are three important terms defined in Raymond Williams' "Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture of Society." These terms apply in both Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto. Alienation, as defined by Williams, has two meanings. He first describes the term as "an act of estrangement, normally in relation to a `cutting-off' or being cut off from God, or to a breakdown of relations between a man or a group and some received political authority." The second definition Williams gives for alienation is "the act of transferring the ownership of anything to another, and especially the...   [tags: American Literature] 915 words
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Alienation in Tennessee Williams', The Glass Menagerie - Alienation in Tennessee Williams', The Glass Menagerie Life is a lonely tale of alienation, as Tennessee Williams conveys though his play, “The Glass Menagerie.” Williams surrounds Laura in isolation from a world in which they wish to belong to by using various symbols. The symbolic nature of the motifs hidden within the lines of this play provides meaning to the theme found consistent throughout the play: Individuals are all alone in the world. Williams brilliantly illuminates the idea of isolation through the symbolic use of glass....   [tags: Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie Essays]
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Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter - Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorn's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmsdale have committed adultery, an unacceptable sin during the Puritan times. As a result of their sin, a child is born, whom the mother names Pearl. Out of her own free will Hester has to face major punishments. She has to serve many months in prison, stand on the scaffold for three hours under public scrutiny, and attach a scarlet letter, "A" on her chest every day as long as she remained in the town of Boston....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 732 words
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Alienation in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot - Alienation in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot   The alienation of humanity from truth, purpose, God, and each other is the theme of Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot." The play's cyclical and sparse presentation conveys a feeling of the hopelessness that is an effect of a godless, and therefore, purposeless world. Lack of communication, the cause of man's alienation, is displayed well through absurdist diction, imagery, structure, and point of view. The intent of the play is to evoke a feeling of incompleteness and depression....   [tags: Waiting for Godot Essays] 772 words
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Alienation of the Main Character in To Build A Fire - Alienation of the Main Character in To Build A Fire In most novels and short stories, the emphasis lays on the main character. The author gives details on his personality, his skills, or his appearance one by one until we, as readers, get the final picture of what the protagonist looks like. However, this is not always the case; sometimes it seems in the writer's favor to limit the descriptions of the main character to a minimum, in order to allow him to put the emphasis on the theme. In the short story "To Build A Fire" by Jack London, the main character slowly evolves in a wild environment as a distanced, alienated man, lost in a fatal fight against nature....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]
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Pornography Causes Desensitization, Aggression, and Alienation - Pornography Causes Desensitization, Aggression, and Alienation A pair of long luscious, shapely legs extend upward until they join in perfect harmony. Colorful panties cover what seem to be the smallest area possible as a slim torso with shapely breasts and a slender neck lead to a perfect face. There she is, the perfect woman, the perfect picture of lust. Yet, she is only a picture, but what unbelievable power she possesses. Any man who looks her way will question his desires and himself. Who will resist her temptation and who will give in is the only question left without an answer....   [tags: Expository Cause Effect Essays]
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Hester's Psychological Alienation in The Scarlet Letter - Hester's Psychological Alienation in The Scarlet Letter     Throughout his book The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne is preoccupied with the relationship between the individual and society. Hester's sin and subsequent condemnation alienate her. No where is this alienation more apparent than in Chapter 5, "Hester at her Needle". Condemned by her sin of passion, Hester is  separated from her community, not only physically, as she lives on the edge of the town, but also socially. In this chapter, Hawthorne presents the most profoundly destructive aspect of her estrangement in her psychological condition.  Hester, deemed a social pariah, is left alone in the world, with...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Theory of Alienation Proven Wrong : People are more Alienated in their Community. - There term alienation is a phenomenon when people feeling isolated. This could be due to the environment they live in or as a result of other factors. Most people believe that there is a tendency to become alienated when they live their communities but in most cases it is the other way around, people can still be alienated even more than an outsider in their own communities. According to Karl Marx’s Manuscripts of 1844, alienation is defined as: the separation of things that naturally belong together, or to put antagonism between things that are properly in harmony....   [tags: Sociology ]
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The Dehumanizing Effect of Alienation and the Restoration of Self-Identity in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - In the novella “The Metamorphosis”, Franz Kafka focuses on the topic of alienation and considers its underlying effect on the human consciousness and self-identity. The alienation Kafka instigates is propagated towards the main character Gregor Samsa, who inevitably transforms into a giant cockroach. The alienation by family relations affects him to the extent that he prioritizes his extensive need to be the family’s provider before his own well-being. This overwhelming need to provide inevitably diminishes Gregor’s ability to be human-like....   [tags: story and character analysis]
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Alienation and Isolation Depicted in "The Lemon Orchard" and "The Third and Final Continent" - The Lemon Orchard and The Third and Final Continent are about alienation and isolation. The role of the environment and the setting in both stories is very effective and dynamic, which further enhances the impact of the theme and mood within both stories. Throughout both stories, the setting and the environment, plays a huge role and makes both stories much more convincing. The Lemon orchard is a story set in a dark isolated lemon orchard. La Guma uses the environment and the setting to symbolize the actions of the men and to foreshadow things to come....   [tags: The Third and Final Continent, The Lemon Orchard] 1095 words
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Hester's Alienation from Society Depicted in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Throughout The Scarlet Letter, the moral and social values pertaining to the discrimination of females by society is revealed through the alienation of Hester Prynne, the main character in The Scarlet Letter. During The Scarlet Letter, Hester is punished for her adulterous relationship with Reverend Dimmesdale which results in a child named Pearl. As a result of the adulterous relationship, the authorities of The Puritan society that she is residing in sentences her to wear a Scarlet Letter on her breast that is supposed to stand for adulterer, stand on a scaffold in front of the entire community for public viewing of her Scarlet Letter and Pearl, and serve a prison sentence....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 996 words
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Gregor Samsa's Isolation in The Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka - ... The foreign feeling that Gregor displays, is his feeling of alienation from human society as a whole. He becomes a bug in mind and body, and loses all aspirations he once conveyed about being accepted into society. This damaging sense of alienation is felt by millions of people all over the world and visually represented in the painting “Alienation Nightmare” by Sabu. Sabu painted “Alienation Nightmare” in 1996. This painting portrays an individual in complete disconnect from society. A person that never feels “normal”, they are only at peace when left to their own thoughts....   [tags: society, alienation, insect]
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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe - Alienation is a feeling of not belonging in society, caused by the general public’s or one’s own view of the world that causes a clash between what is considered good or bad—dissimilar or customary. Throughout the centuries, alienation has occurred constantly due to society’s fears of something or someone so dissimilar to what is considered part of the norm. And although there are two types of alienation—one that is self-decided and one that is forced upon by others—the negative results of it always remain the same....   [tags: steinbeck, gilman, alienation]
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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin - Almost everybody feels a sense of alienation or isolation at some point in their life. Maybe it was when you were a young kid at a playground in school, being left out of activities. Or maybe this feeling is being experienced by an adult who is having economical or social issues. Whatever the source is for these feelings, it is not a pleasant one, and one we tend to try and avoid as much as possible in life. In the two stories I’ll be discussing, “ The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin, there are two characters who experience feelings of alienation, isolation and oppression quite heavily....   [tags: isolation, alienation, feelings]
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