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The Unknown Citizen

The Unknown Citizen

by W. H. Auden

Passivity Quotes

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Quote #7

Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard (line 29)

The speaker is offended by the possibility that the Unknown Citizen could have thoughts and emotions of which the State is unaware. But considering how passive he is, you wouldn’t think that the UC would be bold enough to voice his deepest thoughts.

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