The Rewards of Solitude and Socialization

The Rewards of Solitude and Socialization

The heroic outsider. The rugged individualist. The stalwart homesteader upon the frontier. All of these individuals are positive constructions of the solitary outsider in American society, ideals that span the range from Emerson's essays to Thoreau's life at Walden Pond, to Hemingway's fiction. But in reality, and in ordinary conversation solitude and solitary people are often suspected by the neighborhoods in which they might chose to peripherally dwell. The converse side of the outsider in American life is the television camera pointed at the glazed features of the neighbors of a serial killer, as the police dig up the individual's ...

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He is frightened by the prospect of solitude. This man, was always, as described by Sarton, a gregarious and charming individual, but one who tended to measure his worth against others and thus he was shocked and saddened at the prospect of being alone, even for a temporary duration. But Sarton relishes daily, she says, her solitude and the differences of taste, temperament, mood that come within herself, when absolved rather than engaged in contact with other peoples woes and triumphs.
The difference of attitude towards solitude expressed by the man and her own mind prompts Sarton's reflections over the course of the essay. This man's reaction so surprises Sarton, partly because she is accustomed, as a writer, to spending much of the day alone. Her solitude, she believes, allows her to be herself, for only when one is alone, does the self truly emerge. This assertion although stark, causes one to think of how many times one amends one's true opinion, based upon one's loved ...

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