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A Political Reflection on the Individual in A Confederacy of Dunces The American society is world renowned as one of democracy It is a nation - state where all people are theoretically created equal and sustains the belief in life liberty and the pursuit of happiness It is a society that believes in the goodness of their constitution and the power that their nation has in world politics In spite of this generally optimistic view natural estrangement exists - by class gender roles and race There is a constant struggle for the American Dream This can be explained by taking an outside glance at their society This outside scrutiny is best exemplified by Ignatius J Reilly in John Kennedy Tooles A Confederacy of Dunces Politics is the recognition and negotiation of differences by public authority and private association in the creation of goods and values The theories of Thomas Hobbes Aristotle and Plato are great influences in this and are evident when looking at Ignatius and his relationship with society Ignatius society New Orleans rejects him He is a disruption to the order of society he is estranged from it and is constantly at odds with it Tinders statement synopsizes this well when he says that while not every situation of estrangement produces political problems all political problems are rooted in situations of estrangement Tinder 1995 page 23 Therefore political problems arise from the struggle between Ignatius and society His political opinions are developed from the difficulties he faces every day Thomas Hobbes said to be human is to be concerned exclusively with personal interests and personal power Tinder 1995 page 27 This was evident with the society of A Confederacy of Dunces where each established class seemed to not understand each other The bourgeoisie of the Levys were constantly at odds with the workers of their factory of Levy Pants Mr Levy not wanting anything
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