People who believe in existentialism tend to have no emotion because life is suffering so there’s no point in feeling. These ideas are expressed in The Stranger through a character named Meursault whom is a prime example of existentialism. His personality fits a lot of the beliefs in existentialism which makes him an odd character and stand out more than the rest. Through Albert Camus novel, The Stranger, Camus states that life is absurd and existence is chaotic and meaningless and an individual creates their own values and determines a meaning to their life. Existentialism is a form of living a certain way but not living at all.
This quote suggests that Mr. Hooper lacked vitality and urgency to engage the Puritans to connect with their inner spiritual sides. His lackluster performance did not promote the vision to think beyond one’s self to a higher power, but also avoided to to... ... middle of paper ... ...one is moss-grown, and good Mr. Hooper’s face is dust; but awful is the thought, that it mouldered beneath the black veil” (1006). The message behind the black veil was meant to remain a secret, which Mr. Hooper never revealed with anyone, not even himself. It is possible to consider that Mr. Hooper felt the public did not deserve to know the truth because his society was too judgmental. They chose to spread lies and failed to respect one’s personal wishes.
Yet this philosophy, according to Bradbury, completely ignores the benefits of knowledge. Yes, knowledge can cause disharmony, but in many ways, knowledge of the past, which is recorded in books, can prevent man from making similar mistakes in the present and future. The society envisioned by Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 is often compared to Huxley's Brave New World. Though both works definitely have an anti-government theme, this is not the core idea of Bradbury's novel. As Beatty explains in part one, government control of people's lives was not a conspiracy of dictators or tyrants, but a consensus of everyday people.
The founders of existentialism such as Sartre, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Camus exemplify the philosophy of existentialism in their writings because they focus on absurdity in life and lack of definite meaning. Throughout history some people see themselves as just someone who is put on Earth just for “no reason” these people believe that there is no meaning to them. What is right could mean that it is wrong in society. What they might think is wrong might mean it is right in society. There is no meaning to Existentialism other than that those people do what they want whenever they want.
They are limited only by ability and their notion of pity, which inspires them to act in their own self-interest while doing as little harm to others as possible. While not subjugated to arbitrary rule in this state, men are also isolated. And as we see from mankind’s tendency to have families, form communities, and live in society, we would be unable to maintain this form of freedom. But even if we could, there are several reasons why the absolute liberty of the state of nature is undesirable. First off, there is no uniform standard for how each person should pity another.
This is the main point that Bradbury is trying to make through the book; the only solution to conformity and ignorance is knowledge because it provides things that the society can not offer: perspective on life, the difference between good and evil, and how the world works. The society that Montag lives in is afraid of knowledge because they do not know that it can offer them more than they have. The society then uses their power of being the majority to suppress the truth and knowledge that they fear. After Montag’s lecture about Beatty’s dream, Faber talks to him through the special two-way seashell radio and explains the hold that the majority has: “But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy of truth and freedom, the soli... ... middle of paper ... ... blind conformity it is in. If he can show the rest of society what he has just begun to see, then the society may be able to crawl out of their conformity and ignorance.
If they were to do something wrong, they would take responsibility for their actions and not make excuses or put the blame on someone else. Furthermore, a true existentialist believes there is no God and thus man becomes alone with only ourselves as a guide to making the decisions that define our existence. They also believe that Life has no meaning and that everything happens by chance. Jean-Paul Sartre examines the basic themes of existentialism through his three characters Garcin, Inez, and Estelle. Garcin seems to appear an existentialist, but upon a closer look, he violates the rules time and again.
A democratic government would be unable to succeed because no one would look at issues from the perspective of the “common good”, but from the perspective of what benefits the individual. Generally, objectivism contradicts moral and social standards set by time, breaks down relationships, despite having positive effects, and is vividly illustrated by Ayn Rand in her book. By definition, moral is what is “considered right and good by most people: agreeing with a standard of right behavior” (Webster). Considering that definition, objectivism falls short in many ways. “Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others.
Jackson argues that Bombadil does not serve a purpose to the story, but in fact, one could argue that he embodies a major theme of the series: the corruption of power. Practically everyone in the story feared the One Ring, including beings as powerful as Gandalf and Galadriel, and would avoid touching it because it would corrupt them. Tom Bombadil touched the One Ring. He did not fear it nor desire it, and so it did not corrupt him. For these reasons, Bombadil is not as unimportant as Jackson states.
Alex is by no means a moral character, but he is an archetype for the negative elements in society that are currently out of control in our time. He is not an endearing character, and he really doesn't need to be. If the viewer was supposed to be in favor of the things he as doing and the way those things were done, Alex would have found God in prison and would have been turned into a motivational speaker. That kind of Hollywood ending would be pretty much useless in trying to prove the point that I think Kubrick was attempting to make. The main focus of this film is the idiotic forms of punishment that the governments of the world have dreamed up to nullify crime.