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Isolation Literature
This paper introduces, discusses and analyzes the short story "Soldiers Home" by Ernest Hemingway, the poem "Hope" by Lisel Mueller, and the play "An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen.
# 23752 | 1,032 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 16, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper shows how these pieces of writing share the common theme of loneliness. The author compares and contrasts all three selections as to similarities or differences of characters, plot, tone and style. He explains that loneliness is not simply isolation, it can be anything that takes us away from others and separates us in our own minds, as these three pieces all demonstrate in unique ways.

From the Paper:

"In "Hope," author Mueller never names the theme of her poem except in the title, so at first reading it is difficult to understand exactly what she is talking about, until the end. As in all the pieces, loneliness is a theme also, for hope is also a form of isolation, turning the hopeful inward to themselves, to hope, to pray, to find hope to go on. "It is the singular gift / We cannot destroy in ourselves, / The argument that refutes death, / The genius that invents the future, / All we know of god" (Mueller). Mueller's work shows that loneliness does not have to be a "bad" thing; short spurts of it give time for introspection and analysis. It is the long bouts of loneliness that are the most difficult to bear, as the other two pieces analyzed here show."

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