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Oftentimes the most accurate portrayal of society stems from examining the everyday occurances of people within that community For Joseph Addison England is no exception Throughout his diary fictional in The Spectator Addison is able to use detail repetition and tone to characterize clearly the diarist himself as well as the society that he lives in Giving us an insight into six days of the diarist life the seemingly insignificant detail provided characterizes the diarist and his society as a place without meaning Throughout the span of time we see the diarist tying his knee strings and washing his hands dinning as usual with a good stomach eating overcorned beef but sour small beer walking in fields with a wind NE None of these details tells anything about the diarist or his world It is as if he is isolated captured in a bubble that cuts him off from reality He cannot and does not affect anyone elses life at any point By going in such detail on such mundane occurances Addison succeeds in disgusting us with the characters life replete of life itself He is a walking dead in a walking world This type of material consumer driven meaningless society is exactly what Addison is protesting against and satirizing Certainly Addisons use of repetition contributes to the idea of a meaningless mundane life where humans become robots and the world never changes Everyday the diarist makes a comment about his clothes or shoes discusses his food for the day recounts the wind direction and goes to the club to hear Mr Nisby talk NOt only do the same events occur form day to day but Addison deliberately uses phrases such as Rose as usual line 20 Nap as usual 43 to emphasize the fact that nothing changes in this mans life nor does he have any desire for things to change His excitement is going to the club
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