Literature And The Workplace Essay

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Literature and the Workplace
The relationship between literature and the workplace environment is primarily one of human emotion and interaction. How a person feels about their work, or the issues faced within the workplace are fodder for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry alike. The majority of the working masses actually have a relatively small number of experiences. Though the work itself may be different, and the specific situations unique, the overall anxiety, fears, and concerns are generally the same. This means the audience for this type of literature is wide.
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The workplace is in fact like any other society, albeit, a small, contained society. The daily interaction of humans is predictable, allowing writers to use psychology as a basis for improvement and survival in the workplace.
Fictional literary works in general do not revolve around a work environment. However, the story or poem may involve workplace experiences that affect the characters. Perhaps someone who is out of work or a workaholic. Some exceptions of this are the works we are discussing here. These are writings revolving around the workplace and the impact of that work on the lives of the characters. The writing effectively conveys the feelings of the individuals and in the case of Picasso, a brief glimpse into the impact of his work on others.
In the poem, “Old Men Working Concrete”, pride and teamwork are the primary themes. Each man in this story has his task that he is responsible for; “One trowels out the last space, one works the edger”. (LaRocco & Coughlin, 1995, p 241) The writer conveys the experience of the workers, creating an impression that these are skilled and happy workers. The line, “where the circle of can has worn a hole in the cloth” (LaRocco & Coughlin, p 240), does not speak directly to the work, but it does lend a sense of time, that the cloth is worn through because the worker has performed this action over a long period. This sense of time implies that the workers have…