Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. Through out life in this crazy mind ridden world, people find themselves isolated. Isolation rears its ugly head in various forms and can often be unexpected. Whether it be personal gain unachieved, or conflicts of love or hate, people deal with this sort of abandonment. Self created or felt from another persons doing, this separation of ones being must be dealt with.
This barrier “sealed off the highway/ From [their] doorstep” representing the disassociation the migrants have towards Australian society. This physical division between Australians and the migrants reflects the migrants’ perception of their lack of welcome or belonging. The simile “...and fell like a finger/pointed in reprimand or shame” further amplifies feelings of alienation and discomfort. A sense of dislocation is evident through the uncertain nature and impermanence of the Hostel. The simile “we lived like birds of passage” followed by “always sensing a change/In the weather” emphasises the absence of a fixed home for the migrants.
“I am! Yet what I am none cares or know, My friends forsake me like a memory lost…” Compare the ways in which isolation or alienation from society are presented in any two of the texts you have studied. We witness cases of alienation in the texts The Scarlet Letter and A Streetcar Named Desire, which are presented mainly in the female protagonists Hester Prynne and Blanche DuBois. However, although both characters experience isolation from their respective societies, it is my contention that the causes for their isolation are different. While Hester’s isolation is largely societal, Blanche experiences two different kinds of isolation.
The ugly side of assimilation includes ignorance, racism, stereotypes, etc. Bad Assimilation is when people lose their personal and historical identity by basically negating their heritage because it embarrass them or they feel obligated by their surroundings. Another bad reason is plain and simple. They are going to lose the culture and since of self that is part of them. So in that way they are giving up part of themselves to become part of a whole.
The techniques Eliot disposes throughout the poem ineffectively illustrate Prufrock’s social reclusion and cultural detachment. Prufrock’s social and cultural isolation is representational of a combination of his personal attributes and the part they play in holding him back from realising his true potential in life. His bleak view on life is impacted by his indecisive nature where he is always thinking over everything and never acting on impulse. These kinds of occurrences in Prufrock’s mind establish a well-built barrier separating himself, the hopeless individual, from all aspects of society. Eliot conveys these notions to the reader through the development of Prufrock’s introspective identity.
Heyman reveals this by the personification and gory imagery of the “deep loneliness..ploughed away at me,” and “thrown,” creates an uncomfortable and inhumane atmosphere. By casting nature to be hostile it emotively conveys to the reader her overwhelming sense of isolation. The annoyed and bitter tone of the “sky..too low, the hills too close,” reflects her pessimistic outlook and suggests her sense of confinement. This lack of freedom to express her identity further manifests her as she has no connection to friends except in her “rather small, rabid company of actors.” This unsatisfactory and derogatory perception underlines her lack of connection and ironically the only thing that sustained her was “my gumleaf,” which is symbolic to the Australian landscape. Her possessive nature over this gumleaf is rather humorous, and also causes us to sympathise with her in this disappointing state.
He has emphasized on the different problems they face, and how they are spoken to be inferior and of lower class by the closed minded hypocritical people. The language has been written in away that a non-native speaker would have sounded as if an illiterate would write like this. The poem starts by sarcastically ‘apologizing’ for being half-caste, ‘Excuse me standing on one leg I’m half-caste’. He is not really apologizing. This is satire; although the poem starts by apologizing for being half-caste, Agard means exactly the opposite.
In a community so deprived from any but its own prejudices, those who don't fit in, those who think or act in a way which is considered to be different or out of line, suffer the pain of isolation as a consequence. In Maycomb there is no acceptance for those who do not conform. Harper Lee outlines the social status using characterisation. Scout's fresh and pure mind regards Bob Ewell as filthy
These labels that are constantly put on us drive me insane. There is so much hidden in our family that non-members do not see. In addition to all of these stereotypes that are put on me and the others in my group, I do not like to show people that it bothers me, but these stereotypes have really given me a negative outlook on these people. The stereotypes that have been put on me have made me put stereotypes back on these other people. I now look at the outsiders as "city slickers" or I call them lazy and tell them that they have no discipline.