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Anne Tylers The Accidental Tourist and Morgans Passing illuminate mans alienation in modern society In both the quest for self-knowledge is the primary goal faced by the main character The Accidental Tourist and Morgans Passing both deal with characters attempting to overcome their alienation from society after being forced in isolation by a horrible occurrence in their lives The focus of both novels lies on Macons and Morgans attempts to reconnect with society Both male protagonists attempt to overcome their asphyxiating inhibitions and re-discover a sense of identity lost in isolation Throughout the course of Morgans Passing Morgan the protagonists alienation from society appears as the prominent theme The protagonist of this work lives under an alias a false identity created to make him feel less isolated Each morning Morgan chooses who to be today from his vast closet of costumes Bennet 162 These identities affect his life a great deal as it is while posing as a doctor that he meets Emily who ultimately changes his life Yardley 182 Through this false identity Morgan is capable of holding control of his life In Morgans Passing symbolism is used to show Morgans growth and movement away from alienation Morgans assumed personas represent his life with Emily whereas his relationship with his wife is represented through his true personality Morgans Passing 162 Through conflicts faced by Morgan the reader becomes aware of Morgans mistakes in denying his family and lovers Wolcott 34 In Morgans Passing Morgans awareness of the goodness of change represents his life of isolation Though his marriage to Bonny awarded him with things as a home and a career his heart and mind are left empty Because of his interaction with Emily Morgan cultivates an appreciation of permanence in change Peck 9 In The Accidental Tourist the death of Ethan his son pushes Macon towards isolation The starting point occurs when Macons wife for over two decades decides to leave
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