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    Solitude and the thought of being alone are starting to become obsolete in our world. The increasing use of technology has made people so reliant on their phones that they cannot imagine a life without them. Technology is taking away our privacy by keeping us constantly connected to one another, this constant connectivity has created a fear inside of us. The fear of being isolated from the outside and being alone. During the romantic era, people practiced solitude by following Trilling’s belief “that the self is validated by a congruity of public appearance and private essence” (Deresiewicz 3). The soul needs friends so it can express its feelings but the soul also needs to be alone. People need to have a balance of socialization and solitude. Socializing helps the soul to share its thoughts and feelings with other people. If the soul keeps depressing emotions or thoughts bottled up inside it will eventually explode causing destruction to itself and others around them. Solitude helps the soul discover who its true self is by being alone with its thoughts, going to the dark places of the mind. Romantics used literacy to find oneself, they were also literal with…

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    I was very drawn to and amused by William Deresiewicz’s essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “The End of Solitude.” The main thesis of the story is asking a question about what has prompted our dwindling desire for solitude. Once considered an expression of personal freedom or even a pleasure, just the thought of being alone nowadays is met with anxiety and evasion. I 'm not going to dismiss Deresiewicz as another Luddite technophobe, because his work is more nuanced than that.…

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    Solitude can be such a frightening word to most people. Most human beings are naturally social creatures, and see solitude as an analog to being a social outcast or a hermit. It’s simply not true, in those moments alone can help someone reevaluate themselves. Tupac Shakur spent some of his time in solitude pondering goals, trying to find and define himself without compromising who he is. I spend some of my moments in solitude, it allows me to find clarity and reflect on how to approach…

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    Authors intentionally develop male and female literary characters within their writings to reflect the role of women and men in society. The novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Women at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi display male and female literary characters. One Hundred Years of Solitude incorporates magical realism, through the novel it tells the story of the Buendia family generations beginning from the sixteenth century in Macondo. Garcia portrays a…

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    The society in the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is a patriarchal society. In a patriarchal society, women play a vital role to maintain the community and families. This role is displayed in the actions of Ursula, Santa Sofía de la Piedad, and Fernanda. Ursula is a perfect example of this vital role, throughout the story she works to maintain the community and her family. Her role in her family is to try and preserve the family and the house. When Jose Arcadio Buendia isolates himself in…

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    “Acquainted with the Night” begins with a determined and solemn speaker who explores a city alone in the night, a favorable pastime for anyone seeking seclusion. Despite their desire for solitude, the speaker feels a spark of excitement when interaction with others seems possible, as evidenced in the poem’s form. However, our poet, Robert Frost, displays an uncanny knack for misleading his readers, and unless we meticulously pick his poem apart, we will overlook key aspects of the speaker 's…

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    be alone. Through different reality tv shows and the constant bombardment of seeing others authentic relationships where only the good times are shown. Turkle continues to rehash that technology obstructs the ability to obtain an authentic relationship with another human being because it portrays the notion that being alone is wrong. One should never be alone is the message sent by social media. Instead one should remain busy and constantly aware of the current gossip. Turkle argues that this…

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    and discussion but they have also been influential in other fields of in human sciences such as theology, literature, etc. two of such fields which have been greatly influenced by these philosophical and humanistic notions is literary criticism and literary production. This article examines these notions in the novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez with regard to their treatment in the book ‘Being and Time’ by Martin Heidegger one of the greatest philosophers…

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    pieces into anthologies. In her piece “Edna Pontellier: A Solitary Soul,” Culley highlights the solitude that Edna faces throughout the novella and how that solitude…

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    The Life of Solitude To many, loneliness, and solitude could be considered synonyms; however, when looked at closely, they are actually quite the opposite. Loneliness can be described as “a painful negative state where we feel alone, and cut off and estranged from other people” (“loneliness”). On the other hand, solitude can be described as, “a positive state where we are perfectly happy to be by ourselves, relish and enjoy our own company” (“solitude”). While both words similarly describe a…

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