Escapism

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Kushal Timala
Professor Butler
Humanities 202.003
November 27, 2012
Escapism
Escapism can be defined as “the tendency to escape from daily realities or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment. An indication to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy". Our society often believes escapism to be a negative factor, as many people take it as the inability to cope with or face the realities in our world. But there are many different forms to escapism, from extreme laziness to the ultimate in healthy living to the devastation of heroin addiction. But in the simplest form escapism is nothing more than offering an escape from our own consciousness by heightening the sense of self and giving us a feeling of liveliness. Today we can find every kinds of escapism whether it may be watching television, playing video games or in worst cases intoxication and use of drugs or even at times sex. The idea of escapism can be found in The Man who lived Underground where Fred Daniels creates his own world under the city, in The Awakening where Edna fantasizes about Robert and the ocean and in The Metamorphosis where Gregor imagines himself to be a pest. In the Man who lived underground, Fred Daniels creates his own world under the city after being falsely accused of killing a women. He runs away from the police and as he gets tired of running away he decides he either has to surrender or find a hiding place. So, as to escape from the police he goes into the sewer through the manholes in the street. Making way through the water and darkness he finds a dirt cave off to one side, and then comes to a brick wall, through which he could hear a group of people singing. After exploring the sewer he gets tired and goes back to the cave and falls asleep. When he wakes up he is cold and hungry but he knows he should leave the sewers. So as to pass the time, he digs holes through the wall and goes...
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