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Character Development in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - In his novel Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky uses Raskolnikov as a vessel for several different philosophies that were particularly prominent at the time in order to obliquely express his opinions concerning those schools of thought. Raskolnikov begins his journey in Crime and Punishment with a nihilistic worldview and eventually transitions to a more optimistic one strongly resembling Christian existentialism, the philosophy Dostoevsky preferred, although it could be argued that it is not a complete conversion....   [tags: Relationships, Mental Alienation]
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The Things They Carried by Tim O'brien - The War at Home The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, transports the reader into the minds of veterans of the Vietnam conflict. The Vietnam War dramatically changed Tim O’Brien and his comrades, making their return home a turbulent and difficult transition. The study, titled, The War at Home: Effects of Vietnam-Era Military Service on Post-War Household Stability, uses the draft lottery as a “natural experiment” on the general male population. The purpose of the NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research) study is to determine the psychological effects of the Vietnam War on its veterans....   [tags: vietnam war, alienation, veterans]
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Human Nature in the Technological Age - What does it mean to be human in a technological age. After I read the article by BILL MCKIBBEN, "THE POSIHUMAN CONDITION", I have a deep thoughts and feelings about our technological. Over time, human technology in the rapid development of this, just as the author mentioned stable " Most of this work leads in exciting directions-toward new and better cancer drugs, a vaccine for AIDS - but such research may also lead to something much darker: to attempts at genetic engineering human beings in the womb, designing our children to make them smarter, prettier, better." No doubt, technology has brought to our human life was very much affected....   [tags: Development, Alienation, Disadvantages] 1250 words
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Paul’s Case by Willa Cather - ... Paul likes to primp and take time getting dressed, such as when he is in New York, he pays close attention to how he looks, “watching every stage of his toilet carefully in the mirror” (Cather, par. 46). Paul’s appearance is not common for teenaged boys. He is the picture of a boy who does not quite fit in to the mold that is expected” (Hicks), and his differences from the other boys demonstrate his alienation. Paul loves the theater and music and uses them to produce a fantasy life, but he does not want to actually participate in these arenas....   [tags: alienation, suicide, brilliancy]
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Despair and Alienation in The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Winter Dreams - Despair and Alienation in The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Winter Dreams While some readers enjoy the genre of mysteries, others enjoy romance or westerns. But for some people the tragic tales of someone’s despair and alienation from someone or something they love is just what they want to read about. Ernest Hemingway’s styles have evolved throughout his career and I feel The Snows of Kilimanjaro represents the ideas of a man who is greatly in despair and alienated. As well, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing of Winter Dreams portray a sense of despair and alienation....   [tags: Snows of Kilimanjaro Essays]
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Transcending Herbert Marcuse on Alienation, Art and the Humanities - Transcending Herbert Marcuse on Alienation, Art and the Humanities (1) ABSTRACT: This paper discusses how higher education can help us in accomplishing our humanization. It looks at the critical educational theory of Herbert Marcuse, and examines his notion of the dis-alienating power of the aesthetic imagination. In his view, aesthetic education can become the foundation of a re-humanizing critical theory. I question the epistemological underpinnings of Marcuse's educational philosophy and suggest an alternative intellectual framework for interpreting and releasing the emancipatory power of education....   [tags: Education Philosophy Philosophical Papers]
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Alienation and Isolation in William Falukners "A Rose For Emily" - Alienation and Isolation in William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” displays themes of alienation and isolation. Emily Grierson’s own father is found to be the root of many of her problems. Faulkner writes Emily’s character as one who is isolated from the people of her town. Her isolation from society and alienation from love is what ultimately drives her to madness. Emily’s isolation is evident because after the men that cared about her deserted her, either by death or simply leaving her, she hid from society and didn’t allow anyone to get close to her....   [tags: essays research papers] 433 words
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Requirements for Successful Pyschological Manipulation - Requirements for successful manipulation According to psychology author George K. Simon; successful psychological manipulation primarily involves the manipulator: 1. concealing aggressive intentions and behaviors. 2. knowing the psychological vulnerabilities of the victim to determine what tactics are likely to be the most effective. 3. having a sufficient level of ruthlessness to have no qualms about causing harm to the victim if necessary. Consequently, the manipulation is likely to be accomplished through covert aggressive (relational aggressive or passive aggressive) means., Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_manipulation [2] 1....   [tags: vulneravilities, ruthlessness, alienation]
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Solitude in Mary Shelley´s Frankstein - Solitude is one of the most significant elements in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Throughout the novel, it is clear how alienation has consequences on nearly all the characters of the novel, in one way or another. Shelley’s personal solitude is reflected in her writing of the novel. Whether it is a chosen or forced solitude, it’s the common link between three characters: Victor Frankenstein, the creature, and Robert Walton. The author’s personal life was coloured by solitude. She found solitude even in her gender because it isolated her from the company of men who shared her interests and aspirations....   [tags: alienation, solitude, isolation]
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Death Of A Salesman: Societys Alienation Of Willy Loman - Death of a Salesman: Society's Alienation of Willy Loman It is often stated that society is very judgmental. It can be seen in movies, literary works, or just an everyday walk of life. Arthur Miller chooses to portray society's prejudice against the protagonist, Willy Loman, in his play, Death of a Salesman. Society, in this case, rejects Willy Loman because he isn't upper class, and because he is getting up in age. Many occurrances highlight society's judging of Willy, including him being fired, the "spite" that he recieves from his sons, and the way he alienates himself....   [tags: essays research papers] 866 words
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Free Essays - Alienation in Landscape for a Good Woman - Alienation in Landscape for a Good Woman In her introduction to Landscape for a Good Woman, Carolyn Steedman claims that "this is a drama of class" (22); she blames her mother's working-class background -- where "fierce resentment against the unfairness of things, was carried through seventy years and three generations ... [and] dissolved into the figure of [her] mother" (30) -- for her own joyless childhood. The shocking portrait of Steedman's mother, who tells her children repeatedly both in her actions and words how unwanted they are, redefines the culturally normative nurturing role of motherhood....   [tags: Landscape for a Good Woman Essays] 448 words
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Alienation of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy's Loneliness and Alienation in Death of a Salesman  Willy Loman’s feelings of alienation and loneliness are direct psychological results of his interaction with society and the conditions that are found within it.  Although, he does not necessarily have the ability or allow himself to have the ability to define his feelings as such, they are still very much a part of his everyday existence.  This is evident in his constant bragging and attempted compensation.  He does not feel that he is truly a part of society.  Indeed, he is not.  Miller himself seems to be saying that this is not necessarily a bad thing; this society is not that wonderful.  Yet Willy still yearns to be like his b...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Sin, Alienation, and Love in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: The Themes of Sin, Alienation, and Love The Puritans, a religious group in New England in the early 1600’s, interpreted the Bible form a fundamentalist perspective and strove to attain a sinless society. Of course, people are human and sins are inevitable so the Puritans sinned and their perfect society was never achieved. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter develops the themes of sin, alienation, and love to provide valuable insights into the traditional beliefs of the Puritans and provide valuable and timeless moral insigts....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 960 words
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Themes of Alienation and Control in James Joyce's Araby - Alienation of “Araby” Although “Araby” is a fairly short story, author James Joyce does a remarkable job of discussing some very deep issues within it. On the surface it appears to be a story of a boy's trip to the market to get a gift for the girl he has a crush on. Yet deeper down it is about a lonely boy who makes a pilgrimage to an eastern-styled bazaar in hopes that it will somehow alleviate his miserable life. James Joyce’s uses the boy in “Araby” to expose a story of isolation and lack of control....   [tags: James Joyce Araby Themes]
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Alienation and Moral Dilemma as Portrayed by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Alienation and Moral Dilemma as Portrayed by Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorn was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804 during Puritan times. He created many stories that reflect his life experiences growing up as a Puritan. He writes stories that end with a moral that was learned through the struggles of the characters. These characters are almost always faced with a dilemma where they must choose what is right versus what is wrong. Another common theme in his writing is alienation....   [tags: essays papers]
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Orwells "such, Such Were The Joys....": Alienation And Other Such Joy - Orwell's "Such, Such Were the Joys....": Alienation and Other Such Joys George Orwell expresses a feeling of alienation throughout "Such, Such Were the Joys...." He casts himself as a misfit, unable to understand his peers, the authorities placed over him, and the laws that govern his existence. Orwell writes, “The good and the possible never seemed to coincide” (37). Though he shows his ability to enumerate what is “good,” he resigns himself to a predestined state; uncertain of where exactly he fits in society, his attitude is irreconcilable with what he knows society expects of him....   [tags: essays research papers] 1676 words
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What is Diaspora Fiction? - ... She felt rootless and lived in a sphere of nostalgia. Living in two different cultures often creates multiple stresses and it become difficult for them to tackle such situation. Robert Cohen rightly says that the diasporic communities are made out of ‘the confluence of narratives of the old country to the new, which create the sense of shared history’. Nostalgia plays a prominent role in the lives of first generation immigrants. They foster and hold on all the memories of their native land. Ashoke and Ashima can never give up their old culture, values and tradition....   [tags: alienation, nostalgia, acculturation] 1391 words
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Who Is William Faulkner? - Who is William Faulkner. Today, I am going to introduce one of the greatest writer, William Faulkner. Faulkner was known as an influential novelist in the United States during the 20th century. Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature, a prize that is only given to the most accomplished writers. Faulkner’s full name is William Cuthbert Falkner and was born on September 25, 1897, in New Albany, Mississippi. However, after several years in New Albany, Faulkner’s father decided the family will settle in Oxford, Mississippi....   [tags: alienation, writer, nobel prize] 639 words
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Alienation Exposed in Richard Wright's Black Boy - Alienation Exposed in Black Boy          From the early days of Richard’s childhood, Richard was always alienated from his environment.  Even though he tried to distance himself from the prejudice all around him, the white people still tried to turn him into the stereotypical southern black person.  However, throughout the story Richard is also alienated by his own people and perhaps even more then from the white people.             Richard was always a rebel, from his boyhood to his older teenage years.  Richard’s grandmother was always excessively beating him.  From the beginning, Richard would not subdue himself to the white man like the other black people around.  The white peo...   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 525 words
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Alienation in As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner - William Faulkner is an American novelist whose major work is As I Lay Dying. Faulkner gave each of his characters traits that are expressed throughout the story.  The reader is introduced to each character through their detailed and descriptive character traits.  We are able to delve into the character's mind and see their personal and distinct traits. He did not tell us anything about the characters, but he takes us into the mind of each character to analyze what we see there. Even though these characters lead parallel lives we can see the total alienation and breakdown of the relationships between each other.  Darl, Jewel, and Anse possess character traits that contribute to or cause the b...   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays]
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Examining Human Alienation in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley -        Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is hailed as one of the greatest novels dealing with the human spirit ever to be written.  Shelley wrote this nineteenth century sensation after her life experiences.  It has been called the first science fiction novel.  Shelley lived a sad, melodramatic, improbable, and tragically sentimental life.  She was the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, the brilliant pioneer feminist in the late eighteenth century.  However due to complications in childbirth and inept medical care, Shelley's mother passed away soon after her birth.  Later on, Shelley married the famous romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Mary Shelley's masterpiece, Frankenstein, was inspired part...   [tags: Essays on Frankenstein]
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Urban Alienation in Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden - Urban Alienation in Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden It was not at all clear to me now why we had put her in the trunk in the first place. At the time it had been obvious, to keep the family together. Was that a good reason. It might have been more interesting to be apart. Nor could I think whether what we had done was an ordinary thing to do In this essay I shall be examining the socio-cultural context of The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan (1948 - ). Once placed within context, an examination of the internal worlds of the bereaved children will follow....   [tags: Ian McEwan The Cement Garden]
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelly - Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment include elements of both isolationism: the policy of separating yourself from everything; and loneliness: the unpleasant feeling in which a person experiences solitude from inadequate levels of social relationships (Wikipedia). Both motifs are seen in each novel and contribute to an overall theme of alienation. This feeling of alienation was derived from the authors’ personal experiences. Shelly and Dostoevsky invented fictional characters that struggled with mental and physical separation that reflected their subconscious....   [tags: alienation, crime, punishment]
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Anonymous and Counter Culture - “We are #Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget #ExpectUs #MillionMaskMarch #OpVendetta #UK”. That message is from the many tweets off of Twitter that the group Anonymous. That message has been one of their many slogans. In Anonymous’ case how do you have an all-encompassing slogan when you have no structure or hierarchy. When you are just a loosely aligned group of internet users how do you become an international group that is an example of an alienated counter-culture Anonymous is many things....   [tags: hackers, counter-culture, alienation]
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Humans and Machine Relationship - Since people have started to work very often and tried to do the best that they can, they have become really mechanical and they have started to behave like machines. It can be also said that people have become a part of a machine which can be defined as whole world. It is not just the working that makes us like machines, also producing, consuming make us like machines and make us behave mechanical. Everything starts to become mechanical and the whole world is just routine, now. Throughout the course, we studied many things and I would like to talk about them about human and machine relationship according to these essays and books....   [tags: mechanical, social alienation, bodies] 1132 words
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Why Don't People Vote? - Why don’t people vote. There has been a notable disconnect between citizens and their engagement with democracy in Canada. Citizen participation and government accountability in policy-making are often at odds, as the greater pay-off of active political engagement and civic participation seems further and further away from national beliefs and interests. This essay will focus on three main themes: political alienation, civic education, and institutions that have had a major impact on Canadian democracy and thus significantly influenced why people don’t vote....   [tags: political alienation, citizen participation] 1074 words
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Lacan´s Mirror Stage - ... That in a sense leaves a choice to feel admiration and at the same time envying, which allows forming an object desire truth the language. The experience with the mirror explains the development of the 'ideal ego' – how I am recognised by other. Because toddler is unable to use structured language, and can only gaze in realm of images, aesthetics and ideal other motor control. Avatar, on the other hand, is not a real reflection of the self, but more of a constructed external image, that is personalise and modified to ones liking....   [tags: self-regulation, identification, alienation] 1281 words
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Hawthorne and the Lesson of Agonizing Estrangment - In the infamous work The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne recurrently implements symbols and hyperbole as he masterfully renders these elements onto the prominent members of his novel. Riddled with symbolism, Hawthorne’s novel highlights two methods of agonizing estrangement, isolation and alienation, depicting the cultural imprint of the Puritanical system within the historical context of the novel. The disdain for this societal construction is a subtle, yet palpable element represented throughout the novel as attentive readers detect incongruity between Hawthorne’s ideals and Puritanical paradigms....   [tags: scarlet letter,isolation,alienation, symbolism]
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A Closer Look to Home, West Side Story and Rent - Home is not always a place of comfort and security. In the film adaptations of Broadway musicals West Side Story (dir. Robbins, Jerome & Wise, Robert. 1961) and Rent (dir. Columbus, Chris. 2005), the experience of home is wrought through struggle, alienation, and suffering. West Side Story takes place in the New York City’s Upper West Side in the 1950s, and Rent in the Lower East Side in 1989-90. West Side Story, based loosely on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, explores themes of immigration and cultural difference, and subsequent matter of resistance....   [tags: alienation, suffering, cultural differences, race]
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Alienation into Insanity in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Yellow Wallpaper and William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily - Alienation caused from the dominant patriarchal society in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," and William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily", forces both protagonists into insanity. The narrator placed in solitary confinement by her husband, Emily Grieson’s overprotective father and both women’s obsession result in their madness. "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman revolves around a woman’s struggle within a patriarchal society. The story is taking place in the 1920s, where men considered themselves to be superior to women because of the role they played in the society; protector and provider of women....   [tags: patriarch, society, protagonist]
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Alienation in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and The Sun Also Rises - Alienation Paper The novels The Old Man and the Sea and The Sun Also Rises are both written by Ernest Hemingway. Some of the aspects of the stories are similar, and some are different. Each book presents a character that has been alienated, but the method used to present the character varies. The most obvious similarity between the two books is the author. This similarity leads to several others since Hemingway seems to have a certain writing style that can be found in all of his works. For instance, both stories are written in a very concise manner....   [tags: essays research papers] 660 words
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Alienation and Fragmentation in Modernist Literature - With Sasha Jansen, Jean Rhys created in Good Morning, Midnight a female character who does not have a place in the world. Sasha walks the streets of Paris, commenting, reflecting, remembering. Her few coping-mechanisms show how deeply she is already alienated from the world, even from herself. As a reader you get this fed bit by bit, in fragments, jumping between the actual narration, memories and inner monologues. As a woman in Paris in the late 1930s Sasha Jansen is far ahead of her time. In her book about Jean Rhys, Elaine Savory says about Sasha: "She lives in the 1930s, when women were supposed to gain social standing through marriage to a man (preferably of means), or, if they remained...   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Deliberate Alienation: Surrealism and Magical Realism Critical thinking is a terrible thing. - Deliberate Alienation: Surrealism and Magical Realism Critical thinking is a terrible thing. At least, that seems to be a popular opinion. We live in an age where people are willing to look to anyone but themselves for advice on what they should think. Rather than figure out what their own opinions are, they trust the thinly-veiled slant of the television newscasters, the politics-masquerading-as-reporting of magazines like Time and Newsweek. There are fashion shows and magazines that tell you what you think is stylish....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Grief and Bereavement in The Catcher in the Rye -      The Catcher in the Rye has been described, analyzed, rebuffed, and critiqued over the years.  Each writer expresses a different point of view:  It is a story reflecting teen-ager's talk--thoughts-emotions--actions; or angst.  I believe it is an adult's reflection of his own unresolved grief and bereavements.  That adult is the author, J.D. Salinger.  He uses his main character, Holden, as the voice to vent the psychological misery he will not expose -or admit to. If there are 785 instances of profanity in the book, I contend there are well over a hundred scenes where Holden used the word depressed.  D"Ambrosio presents this same thought saying, "It should be obvious by now th...   [tags: Alienation of Salinger Revealed]
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Fashion and Reflexive Advertising - Ads are ubiquitous. Contemporary media-literate audiences know that one-third of a half-hour sitcom will be commercials, that magazines will contain more ads than articles, and that they will be bombarded with advertisements on the internet. The pervasiveness of ads has created spectators who are: "increasingly media-literate, cynical, and alienated...and because the number of ads continues to increase (clutter), advertising has undermined its own effectiveness by unintentionally negating the ability and the desire of viewers to respond" (Goldman and Papson, 83)....   [tags: Alienation Advertisements Ads Media] 3375 words
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Comparing Alienation in My Life to Frost’s Mending Wall and Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener - Comparing Alienation in My Life to Frost’s Mending Wall and Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener A mere cursory glance at my life suggests that my life has been free from alienation. While it is true that as a heterosexual Caucasian male growing up in a predominately white community I did not experience much isolation based on my skin color, my gender, or my sexual orientation. I was not immune to alienation as a child. My timidity that came about as a result of having no older siblings in whose steps I could follow, in addition to my slightly above-average intelligence proved to be the grounds for fellow students to treat me differently than they treated others....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1074 words
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Escaping Isolation - Many people experience what it is like to be isolated at some point in their lives. But when does one feel like an outcast. Being isolated can change one’s entire outlook on life. Alienation can be described as “a powerful feeling of isolation and loneliness” (Alienation 1). Different people react differently to alienation and some express it by becoming “withdrawn and lethargic [and] others may react with hostility and violence” (Alienation 1). Many suffer from alienation for a variety of causes....   [tags: alienation, loneliness, cyber bullying, outcast]
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Workplace Alienations - "The Four Aspects" Do you feel alienated at work. Well don't fe el lonely, several Americans endure the same un-confident, self frustrations as you may. According to the (Gallup poll 2002) thirty-three percent of blacks and whites who were surveyed, stated that they are unhappy with their jobs. I feel this is because most work roles are repetitive, dissatisfying, un-compensated jobs, where workers feel there's a limitation on life style options. However, four aspects of alienation are what I will focus in on....   [tags: Sociology] 440 words
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Isolation and Alienation of Troy in Wilson's Fences -      August Wilson's Fences is a play about life, and an extended metaphor Wilson uses to show the disintegrating relationships between Troy and Cory and Troy and Rose. Troy Maxson represents the dreams of black America in a predominantly white world, a world where these dreams were not possible because of the racism and attitudes that prevailed. Troy Maxson is representative of many blacks and their "attitudes and behavior...within the social flux of the late fifties, in their individual and collective struggles to hew a niche for themselves in the rocky social terrain of postwar America" (Pereria, 37)....   [tags: August Wilson, Essays]
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Alienation of Huckleberry Finn in the Advertures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain is about the great adventures that Huck finn has with his slave Jim on the Missouri River. The story tells not only about the adventures Huck has, but more of a deeper understanding of the society he lives in. Twain had Huck born into a low class society of white people; his father was a drunken bum and his mother was dead. He was adopted by the widow Douglas who tried to teach him morals, ethics, and manners that she thought fit in a civilized society....   [tags: society, values, hypocritical, morals] 1178 words
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Cultural Alienation and Loss of Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake - -Jhumpa Lahri’s The Namesake is about characters that are in search of their individuality which dwell between Indian and American culture. It’s a story of Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli who leave India for the sake of better opportunities in America and about their children Gogol and Sonia. The immigrants lead a double identity, and, therefore, feel suspicious and fearful towards the new culture in early years of settlement in a new country. Their children are born in the new world but they belong to their native country....   [tags: The Namesake Essays]
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The Alientation of the Individual from Society in T.S. Eliot's Preludes - The Alientation of the Individual from Society in T.S. Eliot's Preludes In T. S. Eliot’s poem Preludes he portrays the alienation of the individual from society. His imagery is sharp and clear and he uses many techniques to achieve this. A clear description of what something is, can be pictured in the mind by his precise use of imagery. For example, the words, “…withered leaves”(7) gives a clear image, as does, ”…dingy shades”(22). The effect is achieved through descriptions of the human influence, word choice, syntax, and rhythm....   [tags: Papers] 410 words
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An Analysis of Literary Elements in Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger - Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger is a story where Holden Caulfield, the speaker and hero of the tale, commences the narrating at his previous boarding school, Pencey Prep, in Agerstown. The bulk of the story later on takes place in New York City through Christmas. The substantial setting of the story is rather significant, because it exemplifies Holden´s solitude in New York. As a whole, this novel is developed like a recollection of Holden’s thoughts that ultimately culminated in his story....   [tags: adolescence, depression, alienation]
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Isolation in 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Isolation refers to the “state of separation between persons or groups.” In 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, George Orwell and Ray Bradbury explore the idea of isolation in the futuristic world in which the novels are set as a warning to modern day society. The Inner Party uses several methods to assume almost complete control over their people. They want people to be cold and indifferent towards others, all while having fear slowly drilled into their minds. Isolation is something that the Inner Party wants to see....   [tags: inner party, telescreens, alienation]
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Absurdity of the Main Character in The Stranger by Albert Camus - The Stranger by Albert Camus is a novel told through the eyes of a man named Meursault, living in French occupied Algeria during the height of colonial rule. Meursault, the existential protagonist who is psychologically detached from the world around him, is ruled by his base instincts rather than sentimental feelings leading to a perceived irrationality of his character. This novel explores the theme of absurdity and the actions of a seemingly absurd man perceiving his world as dysfunctional. Camus’ use of first person narrative limits the reader’s understanding of the events in the novel....   [tags: Detachment, Amoral, Alienation]
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The Motif of Poverty Throughout Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky - ... 4.). Raskolnikov begins to alienate himself from his ex-colleague, Razumikhin, although at points it is Razumikhin who supports Raskolnikov the most. It forces Razumikhin to replace Raskolnikov in situations that should have been left to his authority. In a situation where Raskolnikov should have reassured Dounia and Pulcheria of their safety “he waved his hand weakly to Razumikhin to cut short the flow of warm and incoherent consolations he was addressing to his mother and sister” (Part 3. 1)....   [tags: pride, foil, alienation]
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