The Age Of Anxiety: Literary Analysis

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The period in American Literature following World War II and into the twenty-first century has been called "The Age of Anxiety." America was a lonely place after WWII. Now that the soldiers had returned and the American technological and industrial revolution can commence, life became more convenient. People no longer had to spend time managing their home and business as before, and boredom and loneliness crept in. This led to a lot more people having time to think about their lives and try to change them for the better. In the end, this change just led to many people becoming anxious and unhappy.
First, anxiety in family relationships can be seen in drama. In the writing, “The American Dream”, by Edward Albee, we can see many characters having
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In Ralph Ellison’s story, Invisible Man Chapter I “Battle Royal”, black boys are put into a boxing ring and told that they have to fight each other for a reward. While they fight, they are surrounded by white men cheering for the black man they had placed a bet on. This causes anxiety on the boys because they are being publicly put down by society. We can also see situations that cause anxiety in John Updike’s writing, “Separating”. The parents, Richard and Joan, are separating and cannot agree on how they should tell their children. Richard wants to tell his children when the family is all sitting together for dinner dinner. Joan would prefer if each child was told individually. Not only does this cause anxiety with both Richard and Joan due to their disagreement on top of separating, this will cause anxiety with their children when they are told the news. In Joyce Carol Oates’s story, “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?”, Connie’s parents leave her home alone where meets a boy named Eddy. Eddy later shows up at her house. You can tell that Connie becomes anxious when he arrives because, after asking him to, he still will not leave. He continues to follow Connie and get closer to her as her anxiety grows. In Raymond Carver’s writing, “A Small, Good Thing”, Scotty is hit by a car on his birthday. He is able to get up and go home but when he goes to lie on the couch he loses …show more content…
In Bob Dylan’s ballad, “The Times They Are A-Changin”, was about troubling issues such as racism and poverty that characterized the country’s troubled climate in the 60s. The lyrics of this protest song were interpreted as alluding to the generation gap that separates the attitudes and beliefs of the younger generation from the older generation. This time period cause anxiety for many people African American’s who were subject to racism and were not wealthy. They could not live a normal life and knew that they were being treated unfairly. In Anne Sexton’s poem, “The Farmer’s Wife”, the wife is upset with her life and is even hoping for death of her husband to free her from her misery. This marriage must cause anxiety on the wife because she is so miserable and not enjoying anything she does. In the poem, “Living in Sin”, by Adrienne Rich, an unmarried couple is living together. The women thought her studio will look perfect but, in reality, it ends up being really run down and dirty. The man in the relationship is bored and keeps running off on errands. The women felt bit better that night but she is kept awake because she is anxious about what tomorrow will bring to her

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