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NYU Poly College Writing Workshop Paper 2

NYU Poly College Writing Workshop Paper 2 - Angelo...

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Angelo Campanella Professor Meredith Schuman College Writing Workshop 1013W October 19, 2010 A Conscious Loss of Identity Kafka unveils the dreadful consequences of recognizing the extent of one’s self, and the depth of one’s surroundings. Man acts and makes choices that compliment his character and fulfill his duties. His thoughts, motions, and breaths all represent one distinct person among others. He is self sufficient and responsible, expecting only the basic privilege to provide for himself. He remains unmoved by his environment, remaining an accomplished and unique individual until death. This man may not exist outside of an Ayn Rand novel, unfortunately. Change and influence seem inevitable whether it is for our benefit or for worse. We will succumb to societal pressures, be it for the appeasement of our peers, or in dire circumstances, for our survival. The latter path was taken by Red Peter, the anthropomorphic ape protagonist of Kafka’s “A Report to an Academy.”
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