In the beginning Grendel’s perspective of himself leads to various encounters that help him discover the meaninglessness to his very own existence. From the beginning through many centuries of pondering Grendel has come to the idea that the world consists entirely of Grendel and not-Grendel. Thus Grendel begins his search for meaning of his very own life with an existential philosophy, the belief that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will. While Grendel’s overall perspective of nature is that of mindless and mechanical machine, he believes that he is a separate entity from this machine. Furthermore he holds the philosophy that he himself is a god like creature that “blink by blink” creates the world.
Faith in someone other than yourself, weakens the will in the sense that it takes away from the faith and authority you should have com... ... middle of paper ... ...y observing that "I can touch and see my being," we recognize that we exist. The ego is always present, or nothing exists for the individual. Bibliography: Because the mind can be directed toward nonexistent as well as real objects, Husserl noted that phenomenological reflection does not presuppose that anything exists, but rather amounts to a "bracketing of existence," that is, setting aside the question of the real existence of the contemplated object. An object has meaning only to ion the extent that is given by the subject. Husserl considered it a great mystery and wonder that a group of beings was aware of their existence.
All of the characters in The Plague and Waiting For Godot exist in their fictional worlds. However, none is able to explain why. Neither work gives the reader an explanation of human existence except to say that humans exist. Providing an answer to the question of existence would constitute a paradox. To an existentialist, if you answer the question, then you've missed the whole point.
(III, i, 91) Hamlet blames his inability to act out his impulses on these moral standards that have been ingrained into his conscience. He finds the restrictions in his world unbearable because it is confined within religious and social class barriers. As a young man, Hamlet's mind is full of many questions about the events that occur during his complicated life. This leads to the next two categories of his mind. His need to seek the truth and his lack of confidence in his own impulses.
Ben’s inability to take accountability for his freedom hinders him from pursuing the direction he wants to take his life. He feels controlled by his surroundings stating he feels “this kind of compulsion that I have to be rude all the time... It's like I was playing some kind of game, but the rules don't make any sense to me. They're being made up by all the wrong people. I mean no one makes them up.
Unlike Brown 's ever present gloom after his realization, O 'Connor 's character, The Misfit, embraces it. He admits that he "ain 't a good man" (O 'Connor 1293). Comparatively, The Misfit is also motivated by curiosity much like Brown. He states," My daddy said I was a different breed of do from my brothers and sisters...it 's some that can live their whole life out without asking about it and it 's others has to know why it is, and this boy is one of the latters" (O 'Connor 1293). He had to understand the evil of mankind and was unable to live in ignorance to the truth that all mankind was inherently evil.
(Crowell). Ironically the authors, directors and poets would deny that they are existentialists, because they are existentialists. (Corbett) The authors continued showing features that furthered the belief of their movement. In their eyes, people are free and must take it upon themselves to make rational decisions in a chaotic universe. Existentialists believe that there is nothing more to life since life has no purpose.
Reading and studying literature, such as the great works in this canon, gives us the ability to free our minds from lives conformities. We must study these stories so that we can get a better understand from these great thinkers what it means to be a compassionate human. Studying literature allows its reader to learn from what these authors have to teach us. As we study these works, we can grow as individuals that can be a benefit to the advancement of society. Reading literature teaches us to develop our own sociological imagination so we can free and critical thinkers.
Existentialism is a form of living a certain way but not living at all. The website Novels for students states that Meursault recognizes the “truth” that life is meaningless. “That means life is just what one makes of it…” This is a belief for existentialism and those who follow it believe that life is pointless. This is also shows little interest on how important life can be and what good it can bring. In Novels for students Camus express his thoughts on humanistic logic that neither theology nor fate can offer men of intelligence.
The Common Man’s Meaning Existentialism is a term that was coined specifically by Jean-Paul Sartre in regards to his own life. Sartre had adopted the Atheistic approach to life and its meaning, and while he was not the first or only one to do so, was the first and only one to come up with a way to describe it. Under Existentialism, man lives without higher power or guidance and must rely solely on himself and what he is aiming to do in order to lead a fulfilling life. This can be anything. Critics of Sartre propose that, because such a vast array of options exists within the meaningfulness of life, this philosophy is obsolete and trivial in nature.