, pessimism, vulnerability are observed as a result of continued anxiety.
Argument itself becomes the topic of Mailer's discontentedness
in the chapter knowingly entitled Why Are We in Vietnam?
Tensas recounts his experiences in town as well as in the swamp retrospectively, and through him, as Martin astutely points out, Lewis discloses and deconstructs the "dichotomization of class, race, and gender [, showing them to be] misleading and fraught with inaccuracies, and further that cultural romanticism leads to discontentedness
with reality, which fosters unrealistic notions and goals" (78).
Similar to Sartre's existential nausea, a nagging discontentedness
tainted my everyday functions and interactions.
Indeed, for Whitman, listening to the animals reveals the unhappiness and discontentedness
of modern humanity.
My reading of Lienesch prompts a fruitful comparison of fundamentalism to Second Amendment activism, which pressed the banner issue of gun owners' rights as the focal point for the expression of a wide spectrum of discontentedness
, including anti-government and anti-regulation sentiments, rural Americans' sense of persecution, threatened gender traditions, survivalist anxieties, conspiracy fears, and personal defense concerns, among others.