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Alienation The Merriam Webster dictionary defines alienation as a withdraw or separation of a person or a persons affections from an object or position of former attachment Merriam Webster Dictionary alienation As one explores literature related to the topic of alienation one discovers profound patterns that seem to persist in each story The relationship between an individual hisher peers and hisher environment are directly dependent upon the existence of that individual in that society Complications resulting in the drift of an individuals ability to function with society impact the individual in many ways A central theme regarding alienation can be commonly found in The Count of Monte Cristo Invisible Man Steppenwolf Not Like Other Boys and The Outsiders That theme is that alienation leads to the psychological degradation of an individual and hisher inability to function in society stimulating changes that the individual must be able to respond to in order to be restored to that particular society or be faced with drastic consequences In stories related to this theme the plot usually centers on a main character or protagonist who becomes secluded from society due to various reasons The protagonist undergoes change either physically mentally or both in order to become part of the society that heshe so desired to be a part of In The Count of Monte Cristo the protagonist Edmund Dantes seems to have the perfect life He is about to become the captain of a ship he is engaged to a beautiful and kind woman and he is well-liked by almost everyone who knows him This perfect life however stirs up dangerous jealousy among some of his so-called friends These friends betray him send him to prison for ten years and steal his fiance Dumas 56-63 Separation from his loved ones and society as a whole causes him to repeatedly attempt suicide in confinement His mentality degenerates as he begins to count the stones that make up his prison Dantess
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