In this day and age, everyone, regardless of age, will admit to the feeling of being an “outsider”. In accordance with that, Orson Scott Card’s definition of an outsider relates to a person isolating themselves to a particular group or a person not within a boundary. Moreover, outcasts see situations more clearly and have a stronger sense in self. Personally I do not agree. Although physical separation can lead to being an outsider, the lack of self- confidence is the true cause of isolation.
The author writes that lighthouse door “was ajar”, which creates an uneasy feeling for the reader. John is an isolated man who prefers the peace and quiet of solitude, yet the author creates an image of an open and welcoming home. John’s unlocked door leaves him exposed, and it allows anyone to come in and badger him. This uncharacterized action done by John leaves the reader feeling anxious to what is happening to John for him to be so open with the society he tried so hard to escape. The imagery juxtaposes John’s character as a recluse, and leaves the reader feeling apprehensive about John’s state.
Linda Pastan was a great poet while also a wife and mother. Pastan started sending her work to The New Yorker at age twelve (Potvin par. 6). Later, she went to college and got married. Pastan stated in an interview that she stopped writing for about ten years, because she could not be the perfect wife and mother that she was expected to be and also commit herself to her poetry (Brown, 3).
Observing the love and affection between others only increases the effect his own solitude has on him. He is aware of his otherness and knows that he is “shut out from intercourse” (84) with the people he holds so dear. It can be argued that this is the point where the creature’s humanity is the strongest throughout the course of story. He has a basic understanding of human societies, he speaks and reads their language, shows compassion and, most importantly, seeks their company and friendship. In his knowledge that social belonging is the missing component to his own happiness, he confronts the people he secretly observed only to, once again, be met with fear and anger (94-95).
He is contently held back from undesirable influences. However, it is not just in harsh environments that Wolff struggles to find identity. Even though in the safe environment of ‘Hill’, Wolff still finds in difficult to fit in. Even though he has the ‘Princeton haircut’, everybody knows each other yet Wolff feels lost. This demonstrates that Wolff struggles to find identity in any
Stealing did not have much of an affect over him in either the positive or negative direction. However, he worries that his other desires will lead him to “end up abnormal” (1248). Yunior cannot control his sexuality, yet he spends the most time obsessing over his homosexual thoughts and activities. Where his focus lies reveals his level of immaturity along with his constant need to fit in. He has been the man of the house since his father left, but when it comes to himself he only does what is expected.
Ignorance is bliss. Often people hide behind what they wish to believe. The truth demands discomfort and people prefer comfort to truth. (Compound) In this world of conditioning, the Controllers keep any kind of truth from the people. Regardless, very few actually attempt to discover the truth.
Gatsby doesn't really do either for Nick, so he has no reason to think of Gatsby in any other way than his true self. Throughout the novel Nick and Gatsby go through many struggles together. Both have their own opinion of each other. Nick has evidence to be a very unbiased narrator for many different reasons. There is very little evidence that shows that Nick could not be a good narrator, but the amount of good evidence overtakes the bad evidence.
This poem reveals to readers how it is possible to be lonely, beyond being hidden within yourself and forming boundaries. This poem justifies that being in a place of solitude means that you have a sense of being abandoned, but being in the depths of solitude is where confused imaginations of individuals live. Tupac illustrates how being in this state of mind is often frustrating, but being too over demanding of others won’t better the situation. The first line “I exist in the depths of solitude/ pondering my true goal/trying 2 find peace of mind/and still preserve my soul,” is something many people can relate to. People often choose to be alone to try and figure out exactly what to do when they come across a difficult problem to solve.
Throughout the novel, Holden’s comprehension of the outside world is primarily isolated and disconnected. The feeling that Holden would rather accept the thought of sadness because of him constantly moving from place to place instead of the upsetting reality that he does not feel any sort of connection to anything alters his entire life into a form of a calamity. It is believed by Aristotle that human beings live together not only for the sake of reproduction, but some other purposes of life (Begum, Shagufta, and Awan). In Holden's case, similar to children today, that purpose of life is not as evident in their conscious or subconscious mind. Child disorders can be characterized and influenced in several areas of development such as social interactions and communication skills (Kahn, Ada, and Fawcett).