Alienation in WWII literature

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“The alienation of the individual is a key theme in writing of the post-World War II period” Once World War II had ended, Britain saw not only a change in government, but also a decline into bankruptcy. Clement Attlee’s Labour party aimed to implement the Beverage Report and tackle the “five giants”: Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. They faced many challenges such as rationing and heavy winters, raising alarm bells for the country’s economy. After much debate the United States and Canada eventually loaned four billion dollars with interest, putting Britain’s future into the hands of the Americans. i A decade after the war ended, Britain found itself in an identity crisis. Post-war austerity was still in place and the country…show more content…
“I suppose I must have a rock-like confidence in my own talent, for I simply did not believe that the handicap of one small illegitimate baby would make a scrap of difference to my career …”v This line is the pinnacle of the discussion of Rosamund’s fight for individualism against the society of her time. It is not only her determination to raise a child without the help of a husband that shows this. Rosamund almost challenges the morals and beliefs of those around her, making them put their progressive views where their mouths are. Both Joe and Roger offer to marry her, but she turns them down. She finds not a gram of comfort from the nurses who help her deliver her baby, despite the soft-edged atmosphere one might expect from a maternity ward. However after giving birth, Rosamund eventually realises how much her survival was dependent on the conventions of society. The Millstone, with its focus on sexual liberation and single parenthood, gained Drabble the title of “the novelist of maternity” from feminist critics, while more mainstream reviewers admired the novel's approach to modern culture. However, Drabble's depiction of women, particularly in The Waterfall, aroused the fury of some feminists due to its underlying premise
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