Topics:Anxiety, MirrorPages: 367 (13211 words)Published: November 1, 2013
The Age of A nxiety
The Age of Anxiety
The Age of Anxiety
The Age of Anxiety
...Age of Anxiety
During the last quarter of the 19th century the United States was transitioning into a new country with the rise of a second industrial revolution and the downfall of the nation’s economy. There was an extreme growth within the industrial empire along with the expansion of the railroad empire which took over millions of acres of land. An economic struggle began where the rich became richer and the poor were living in bad conditions. The novel “Gospel of Wealth” is written, where it states that people with money should share their proceeds of gains with the less fortunate. Failure begins to strike in industries taking a toll on the United States economy and leading the country into its first economic depression. The economic and industrial failures during Gilded Age are the beginning to the downfall of the United States, which is why I feel this period of time should be called the Age of Anxiety.
The second industrial revolution began in the late 19th century when the United States government became involved. Steel had become a necessity to properly build bridges and buildings. A new way of producing steel was the Bessemer process, which was faster and cheaper than the use of iron. Buildings were now being built taller rather than wider, and roads were being developed for easier transportation. Although the production of more industries meant more jobs for the middle and lower class,...
...Analysis of "The Age of Anxiety" by W.H. Auden
The themes and ideas in Auden's "The Age of Anxiety" reflect his belief that
man's quest for self actualization is in vain.
I. Auden's background
A. As a 1930's poet
1. Views of Society
2. Diagnosis of the industrial society
B. Major conflicts of his works
II. "The Age of Anxiety" overview
A. As a quest poem
1. Characters' search for self-actualization
2. Characters' inevitable failure in the quest
B. Characters' views on the general situation
1. Their belief to be in Purgatory when they are
allegorically in Hell
2. Their disbelief in impossibility
III. "The Age of Anxiety" character analysis
IV. Part I
A. Commonly called "Prologue"
B. Introduces scene and characters
C. Characters think aloud to reveal their nature
1. Quant views himself with false admiration
2. Malin examines the theoretical nature of man
3. Rosetta endeavors to create an imaginary and happy past
4. Emble passes his youthful judgment on the others' follies
V. First act of Part II, "The Seven Ages"
A. Malin's domination of this act
1. Serves as a guide
2. Controls the characters through his introduction of each age
B. Others support Malin's theories by drawing from...
...The labeling of the 20th century as the ‘Age of Anxiety” is created by the common theme of someone using technology to obtain power over the common man. It is the uncertainty of what could happen that drives fear and paranoia as a common bond.
In Robbie, Mrs. Weston states quite bluntly, “I won’t have my daughter entrusted to a machine-and I don’t care how clever it is. It has no soul, and no one knows what it may be thinking.” She is uncertain how the metal robot works and this causes her to be skeptical of its motives and fearful that it may malfunction, potentially harming her child.
Throughout the film I Robot, the fear is that the main computer is taking over without regard for human life. To heighten the suspense and believability of the film, the main robot with emotions, struggles to gain the trust of the main character, played by Will Smith. Will Smith is a prime example of the human mistrust because of the controlling central computer. His skepticism shows when he hears the CEO of the robot company say, “Robots are the new advancement in safety technology.” He follows it by pretending to sneeze and saying he is allergic to bullshit. In order to create the semblance of an orderly society, the robots have three laws they must follow. The three laws are:
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by the human beings, except...
...Hist of Civilization II
Age of Anxiety Writing Assignment
During the age of anxiety, we learned about totalitarian states. What is it? A state in which the government controls every aspect of public and private life. It existed in Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union. A totalitarian state is one in which all systems of government are controlled by a central power. A dictorship and a party will control the law courts, the police, the media and the government. All freedoms will be denied. In essence, totalitarianism means total control of a people by one individual and the government it has created.
First conceptually developed in the 1920's by Italian fascists, primarily Giovanni Amendola, totalitarianism has been present in a variety of movements throughout history. Initially, the term was spun to be positive and refer to the positive goals of states employing totalitarianism. However, Western civilizations most often did not agree with the concept of totalitarianism and a great deal of discourse regarding the topic became prevalent from within governments, inside classrooms, and at the dining room table. Some governments and movements that Westerners have accused of being totalitarian in nature include Nazi Germany, Soviets during communism, and the Stalinist movement in particular.
We will discuss the basic tenets of the governments in Germany, Italy, USSR, China, and Japan below.
In Germany and Italy are...
“The Unknown Citizen” Analysis
W. H. Auden’s “The Unknown Citizen” is a dark satire about what can possibly
happen if political and bureaucratic principles corrode the creative and revolutionary
spirit of the individual. The poem was also titled after “tombs of the unknown soldiers”,
tombs that were used to represent soldiers who were impossible to identify since the end
of World War I.
Auden wrote the poem shortly after becoming a citizen of the United States. He
came to the U. S. to escape what he thought was the repressive nature of Britain. It is
clear how this poem stands the test of time so well, because Auden’s exile could be
compared to the actions of the Caucasians who inhabited this country and set up a
foundation for U. S. governance that represented rebellion and resentment against the
repression and dominance of England.
Before arriving in the States, Auden left his hometown of Britain for the country
Berlin. He said that it was there that he first experienced the social and political problems
that later became a centerpiece for the majority of the themes of his poetry. After staying
in Berlin, he temporarily moved to Spain where he had a job broadcasting propaganda.
This experience made him feel even more morally ambiguous regarding his typically far-
His background suggests that he provides the character of the “Unknown Citizen”
4 February 2014
Imagine this, as you walk around the grocery store and precede to shop, suddenly your entire body feels frozen, your chest begins to hurt, you feel as though you cannot breathe. You have an overwhelming feeling of terror for absolutely no reason. Everyone is staring, wondering what is wrong with you, until you finally pull yourself together. Doesn’t sound very appealing now does it? Imagine having to live your day to day life not knowing when or if this was going to happen to you, or even why it happens to you. Panic attacks are very common symptoms in people with anxiety disorders. Upon my research I have found what can cause an anxiety disorder, how to treat it and what the different types of anxiety disorders are.
What is an anxiety disorder you may wonder? An anxiety disorder is a mental disorder in which severe anxiety is a symptom. To experience anxiety is to have the feeling of constant worry or unease. There is a difference in experiencing anxiety and having an anciety disorder. Many people experience anxiety in everyday life, for example, when facing problems at work or before taking a big test you may have a feeling of worry or you may feel nervous. This is normal for most people, but if you begin to feel uneasy all the time while performing simple tasks such as going to the store...
There are lots of things in life that can make us feel anxious. Starting a new job, going into a new social situation or taking your driving test are just a few examples. Anxiety, which can feel like a mixture of uncertainty, fear and unease, is something everyone experiences. It might temporarily affect our sleep patterns, our appetite or our ability to concentrate, but usually we find ways of managing our feelings and they pass in time.
Sometimes the causes of people's anxiety can be more deep seated or complex however. Their anxiety can persist even though they can't identify a particular cause for it. These anxieties can become overwhelming and have a big impact on everyday life.
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety is a little bit like an alarm system that makes us alert to a possible danger or threat. When we are faced with a situation that makes us worried, nervous or fearful, hormones such as adrenaline are released into our bodies and disturbing our breathing patterns for example. The hormones put us into a state of heightened mental and physical readiness. This is sometimes called the 'fight or flight' response', because in the distant past it enabled our ancestors to fight off physical dangers or make their escape. It causes the sensations we associate with anxiety - a rapid heartbeat, sweatiness and butterflies in the stomach, for example....
...AnxietyAnxiety is defined as a normal human emotion that is experienced by the majority of people. There are several different levels of anxiety; the most common is General Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. Other types include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. (Katz MD) When one goes through an anxiety experience, they feel anxious or nervous. Everyone encounters anxiety in their lives; however anxiety disorders cause such stress in the body to interfere with one’s ability to carry on life normally. Anxiety disorders are considered serious mental illnesses, causing constant worry and or fear, which can be crippling. (Katz MD)
GAD is the most common anxiety disorder that primary care doctors find in their patients; about 5% of people will develop GAD within their lifetime. (Dryden-Edwards MD) There is no single cause of GAD. Women tend to develop the condition, along with other anxiety disorders more commonly than men. Those with family history of anxiety and depression are at an even higher risk for developing GAD or social anxiety disorder. (Dryden-Edwards MD) Being Native-American and having a low income can raise the risk of developing social anxiety disorder. Asians, Hispanics, and...