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The Unknown Citizen

The Unknown Citizen

by W. H. Auden

Patriotism Quotes

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Quote #7

Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd. (line 28)

Patriotism is all well and good, but if the average person in a society isn’t free or happy, what’s the point? It’s kind of sad that the Unknown Citizen tried so hard to please the State, but the bureaucratic speaker of the poem obviously doesn’t care about him.

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