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Throughout time society has had its ways of developing what is to be considered the Ideal Citizen This Citizen consists of many traits that are favorable by the many If someone were to encounter such an individual they would respect them hear others good praise about them and possibly even admire them They would likely give the viewer the impression of an enjoyable lifestyle one that many would trade with their own However the ways in which society operates have made it easy to not notice the internal conflicts and issues that even some of the greatest men of our society surely have To be such an individual in many instances may not be what it appears The following discussed poems are examples of such misjudgment In WH Audens The Unknown Citizen each line from beginning nearly to end consists of something that this individual has done that would associate him with being a man of the Greater Community Auden 5 All of his traits are either professional or approved of by the overall society It is not until the last two lines that the poem strays slightly to a speakers perspective of the individual which is the typical belief of the majority of society However in text one can see the irony within and it is almost sad how wrong it may be It is not the fact that this perspective is wrong for it might not be Rather it is the fact that the characters unhappiness is not even truly considered as a possibility If the character were indeed unhappy the world around him would never expect it In the example of WH Audens poem it is the bureaucratic ways of society that generates many of the ideals and therefore creates this boring and somewhat simple citizen This is also shown near the beginning of the poem in which the line To JS07M378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State Auden
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