20th Century Authors On Work Essay

1925 Words Dec 11th, 2016 8 Pages
20th Century Authors on Work Americans would benefit from reading more literature from authors such as Charles Bukowski, Franz Kafka, and Albert Camus because these types of literature encourage personal reflection and analysis of contemporary American life. This is particularly relevant in the way that these authors discuss work and the balance between work, life, and pleasure, which is something that most Americans do not consider. We all have a tendency to run on autopilot and do what we feel we ‘need’ to do, what will make the boss happy, or what will make the most money and that is sometimes at the risk of denying ourselves happiness. From Charles Bukowski, Americans can reflect on whether the search for more and better material goods will make them truly happy and can wonder if they, like Bukowski, perhaps spend a little too much time devoted solely to pleasure. Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis taps into many Americans anxieties about constant thankless work, the need to provide the best for their families to prove their social status, and the underlying fear of what might happen if their family income disappeared. In The Guest Albert Camus challenges the reader to consider whether they are acting according to their own morals or due to some sort of societal duty. The Guest is also deeply philosophical in terms of the question of free will. These authors have influenced our culture, media, and society ever since they were published, even though that influence is…

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