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"God’s Lonely Man, originally the title of an essay by the American novelist, Thomas Wolfe, is a theme that has been explored time and again in the decades since by writers, filmmakers, artists and essayists. The loneliness and isolation of the individual in society, alienated from that society, is one which Marx understood as stemming from a mode of production, capitalism, in which the worker is alienated from his labour and therefore himself. This is done through a process in which control over his labour and the object of that labour is removed from him, turning it from a creative and human act of reproduction into an abstract and dehumanising function of mass production for private profit.

Wolfe considered his personal loneliness the universal state of human existence, the unspoken yet personally experienced fate of all in society.”