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Alienation as defined in this analysis refers to a psychological and sociological phenomenon whereby a person experiences a separation withdrawal or loss of affection from an object unit or group to which he was formerly attached Alienation The concept of alienation was primarily developed in the nineteenth-century writings of Marx Hegel and Feuerbach They attempted to define it in a psychological sociological and philosophical-anthropological context Kuper 18 Considered synonymous with estrangement by this writer alienation is a universally understood concept at the personal or group level As a literary theme from the biblical accounts of Adam and Eve to the contemporary writers of today alienation has often been experienced by persons or groups An excellent literary example of the demonstration of alienation can be found in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein The theme of human injustice towards outsiders was explored by the parallels of Victor and his creation Both Victor and the Monster lived isolated from society desired a companion with whom to share their lives hated their living condition and encountered suffering due to insight from learned knowledge Victor became increasingly similar to his creation as the story unfolded Quite early in the story it became apparent that Victor willingly separated himself from his family and friends He alienated himself from society despite his insistence that the Monster isolated him from others due to his desire for knowledge and the countless hours he spent conducting his scientific experiments This is evident because he never once visited his family during the time he studied and created the Monster The irony is that he pursued an outdated and erroneous science in order to recover his mother While performing his scientific work Victor changed from a gentle kind and healthy man to a selfish sickly being Once Frankensteins interest in science became an obsession he was divided from his family friends and the rest of humanity Victors enrollment in the university represented his detachment from others when he
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