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The Human Condition: Existentialism in Literature Relates to Religion

- Noam Chomsky firmly believes that novels, as well as other literary works, peer deeper into humanity than scientific theory ever will (Chomsky). Literature being a means of introspection is known to be true; a solitary manuscript contains the lives of countless characters. Slowly unearthing details, and remaining helpless as a plot twist unfolds, the reader discovers truths of not only those who cannot leave the paper bound prison, but begins to formulate who they are and how the world has warped the author....   [tags: Human Condition, Noam Chomsky]

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- Existentialism In our individual routines, each and every one of us strive to be the best that we are capable of being. How peculiar this is; we aim for similar goals, yet the methods we enact are unique. Just as no two people have the same fingerprint, no two have identical theories on how to live life. While some follow religious outlines to aspire to a level of moral excellence, others pursue different approaches. Toward the end of the Nineteenth-Century and on through the mid-Twentieth, a movement followed "existentialism," a philosophical theory of life, in order to achieve such a level....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Existentialism Existentialism is a philosophical movement that stresses individual existence. Human beings are totally free and responsible for their own acts. Another main idea of existentialism is the limitation of reason and the irreducibility of experience to any system. Man is not a detached observer of the world; rather, he "exists" in a special sense - he is "in the world." Stones, trees, and other objects do not share this existence, and man is open to the world and the objects in it....   [tags: Papers Philosophy Essays Papers]

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- Existentialism is perhaps one of the world’s oldest philosophies. It has been dated back to nineteenth-century Danish and Greek philosophers. It is a simple idea, yet it has so many different ideals within it that it is almost impossible to define. There are many parts that make up one whole, basic idea. The many parts have been defined by famous existentialist artists and writers such as, Nietzsche, Chamfort, Sartre, and Kafka. These works have all proven many points about existentialism; however, even the pros cannot decide on one basic idea....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Existentialism, which spread rapidly over continental Europe after the First World War, is essentially the analysis of the condition of man, of the particular state of being free, and of man's having constantly to use his freedom in order top answer the ever- changing and unexpected challenges of the day. According to the Existentialists, the starting point of every philosophical investigation is concrete human existence. That means that human personality in itself should point the way to the absolute value of reality....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- The modern conception of man is characterized, more than anything else, by individualism. Existentialism can be seen as a rigorous attempt to work out the implications of this individualism. The purpose of this lecture is to makes sense of the Existentialist conception of individuality and the answers it gives to these three questions: (1) What is human freedom. What can the absolute freedom of absolute individuals mean. (2) What is human flourishing or human happiness. What general ethic or way of life emerges when we take our individuality seriously....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Awakening as an Allegory of Existentialism

- The Awakening as an Allegory of Existentialism        Kate Chopin's The Awakening as the title suggests is just that‹the story of a young woman's awakening to life.  Even though it is a work of fiction, the character of Edna undergoes such a radical change one cannot ignore the psychological depth of the work.  The story could almost be seen as a case study.  In order to analyze the work psychologically, it is important to decide which psychological framework to use.  I chose the critic Cynthia Wolff who uses a Freudian framework for analysis.  Wolff feels that Edna's problems are a result of oral conflicts, while I see the work as more of an allegory of existentialism, and Edna's proble...   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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- Jean-Paul Sartre says "man is nothing else but what he makes of himself" (762). This existentialist view depicts the idea that one is not based on the essence of a soul, but rather, based on decisions made throughout life. Sartre also believes that every man is responsible for all men. One may choose his marriage partner, however, in choosing to marry, one chooses monogamy. Decisions that individuals make will collectively create a set of principles and beliefs for all of man. Many people believe that a person’s decisions are a reflection of his soul and personality....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Existentialism in Bill Watterson’s Comic Strips

- Bill Watterson is an American cartoonist, author of the famous comic strips “Calvin and Hobbes” syndicated from 1985 to 1995. In these short-stories, Calvin is a creative kid full of childish pranks, and together with Hobbes, a deep-thinking stuffed tiger, they both stand as examples of existentialism in comic strips. Through Calvin’s desperate choices and decisions over many circumstances in the stories, he struggles against a continually changing world. The characters’ actions portray the humanity disorder; people who are controlled in a worthless way of life against a ruthless nature, a cruel world, and inevitable death....   [tags: Literature]

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- Existentialism is a philosophy about life that says being is more important than the indispensable everyday occurrences. It acknowledges an individuals freedom to choose and says with this knowing there comes an immense sense of responsibility. Despair, hopelessness and anxiety are characteristic of a person struggling with existential thoughts. Nihilism sums up this condition by stating that all values are baseless, nothing is foreseeable and that life itself is meaningless. The characters in A Clean Well Lighted Place and A Day’s Wait show signs of being both aware and unaware of these elements of existentialism....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Existentialism in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

- Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis is a masterfully written short story about Gregor Samsa, a man who devotes his life to his family and work, for nothing in return. Only when he is transformed into a helpless beetle does he begin to develop a self-identity and understanding of the relationships around him. The underlying theme of The Metamorphosis is an existential view that says any given choice will govern the later course of a person's life, and that the person has ultimate will over making choices....   [tags: Metamorphosis essays]

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- God is an entity that exists everywhere in any way, shape, or form, as is the concept of a god that so many people have set in stone their beliefs; and is a false belief that can not possibly be true. Personification takes a role in the disproof of a god, signaling that God is merely a word. Also, the very definition of morals, which is a condemning factor that ‘god’ is based off of, blows the fish out of the water. So then, to a perfect being of all loving and compassionate understanding, option, or choice, refers to the many choices God has made; thus proving that to a being who has created all choices is a contradiction within itself....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Radhakrishnan's Thought and Existentialism

- Radhakrishnan's Thought and Existentialism ABSTRACT: I attempt to show the similarities between the viewpoints of Radhakrishnan and the existentialist thinkers. The philosophy of Radhakrishnan is an attempt to reinterpret and reconstruct the Advaita Vedanta of Sankara in the light of scientific knowledge and techniques of modern time. Existentialism is an attitude and outlook that emphasizes human existence. For Radhakrishnan, the human is essentially subject, not object. The existentialists assert that the human is not an object to be known, but a subject....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]

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Existentialism in Soldier’s Home by Ernest Hemingway

- ... “In ‘Soldier’s Home,’ Hemingway uses conflict to show how society demands conformity and the unfair struggles of those who do not fit the mold” (Comtois). Harold Krebs did not fit the mold, so he struggled to keep the attention of others. In striving to please the people around him, Krebs fed into the ways of society, making him a conformist. In order to become himself again, Krebs needed to separate himself and forget what others wanted him to say and do. Krebs needed to be selfish so he could do what was right for him....   [tags: harold krebs, soldier]

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Existentialism in Kafka's Metamorphosis

- Existentialism in Kafka's Metamorphosis         The book Metamorphosis, written by Franz Kafka, is based on the views of existentialism.  One of these main views is alienation or estrangement which is demonstrated by Gregor's relationship with his family, his social life, and the way he lives his life after the metamorphosis.         Although Gregor doesn't realize it, the relationship between him and his family is not good. Gregor is taking over his father's responsibilities leaving nothing for Gregor's father to be responsible for....   [tags: Metamorphosis essays]

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Christian Existentialism

- Christian Existentialism Webster's Dictionary defines Existentialism to be, "the philosophical movement centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for his acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad." This seems to be the very antithesis of Christian doctrines in that it asserts the autonomy and independence of man rather than views them as subjects to a supreme being, however, Existentialism and Christianity can coexist....   [tags: Philosophy, Religion, Faith]

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Existentialism Vs. Determinism

- Free Will Analyzing our individual free will can be very intriguing and can almost reach the point of being paradoxical. Ultimately, free will determines the level of responsibility we claim for our actions. Obviously, if outside forces determine our choices, we cannot be held responsible for our actions. However, if our choices are made with total freedom than certainly we must claim responsibility for our choices and actions. The readings I chose offered two quite opposite theories on individual human freedom, determinism vs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Nihilism and Existentialism in Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing

- Nihilism and Existentialism in Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing Cormac McCarthy's second book in The Border Trilogy offers an impressive array of worldviews all competing together in the larger narrative framework of the novel. These are not only expressed through the life of the protagonist Billy Parham and his brother Boyd, but also in the narratives of the many people they encounter on their horseback journeys through the hot desert sands of Mexico. Critic Robert L. Jarrett, associate professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown, suggests the same in Cormac McCarthy, noting that "Despite the claims of the ex-priest [in The Crossing] that all men's tales are one, such visions...   [tags: Cormac McCarthy Crossing Essays]

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What My Philosophy Is Based On Different Philosophies, They Are Progressivism And Existentialism

- In this paper, I will demonstrate what my teaching philosophy is based on two different philosophies; they are progressivism and existentialism. Using these two philosophies, I will focus on the student rather than myself as the teacher. The focus is to create a flexible, responsible, and understandable environment for my students. In order to follow the Olivet’s School of Education slogan, “Professionals Influencing Lives”, I need to uncover my virtues in order to give students the best learning experience when I teach Math, Sunday school, or other subjects....   [tags: Education, Learning, Philosophy, Knowledge]

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The Philosophy Of Existentialism : My Vision As A Future Elementary School Educator

- The philosophy of existentialism is solely related to encouraging student’s self-awareness, promoting high ambitions and pursuing life long goals. “Educations most important goal is to awaken human consciousness and create personal self-awareness that helps make each person authentic, genuine, and unique (Kaplan 183). I believe in supporting your student’s through motivation, and by showing genuine interest in their life both in and out of school. “Existentialism focuses on the existence of the individual and the individual responsibility,” (Kaplan 183)....   [tags: Education, Teacher, School, History of education]

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Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit And Its Existentialist Themes

- Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit And Its Existentialist Themes I would like to take this opportunity to discuss Jean Paul Sartre's philosophy and it's integration into his play "No Exit". Embedded within the character interactions are many Sartrean philosophical themes. Personal attributes serve to demonstrate some of the more dominant ideas in Sartre's writings. Each of the three characters in the play show identifiable characteristics of sexual perversion, bad faith, and interactions of consciousness.This play takes an interesting setting, that of the afterlife....   [tags: No Exit Jean Paul Sartre Essays Existentialism]

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The Life of Jean-Paul Sartre

- Existentialism could be defined as a philosophical theory that focuses on the individual person being a free and responsible person who determines his or her own development through acts of will. Existentialism is a thesis that has been discussed by some of the greatest philosophical minds ever to live. Minds such as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche all had their own view on what existentialism was and major impact on the development of this thesis. Each of these philosophies played a huge influence on a great mind that would come later on in history....   [tags: philosophy, existentialism]

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Existentialism in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

- Existentialism in Things Fall Apart          Chinua Achebe presents his audience with an interesting twist to a contemporary school of thought in his work Things Fall Apart.  This post-colonization narrative incorporates several traits that revolt against normative philosophic systems and tralititious theories and beliefs of the existence of man and his place in the universe.  Achebe's efforts are characterized by a small diverse group of writers that purge realizations of predestination, and instead define man's existence by identifying his independent choices throughout the life course.  Achebe's style, although peculiar in one sense, can be defined in relation to the school of...   [tags: Things Fall Apart essays]

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Educational Philosophies: Idealism, Realism, Pragmatism, and Existentialism

- Educational philosophy is no doubt a matter that has changed over the decades, and still today not everyone is in total agreement on the subject. However, one thing is certain philosophy is the foundation of educational styles. Today, four basic educational philosophies exist including idealism, realism, pragmatism, and existentialism. All four philosophies are very different, but all strive for the same goal, to better our education system. Although every teacher has a different style of teaching that can be considered their own, they all adhere to one of the four basic philosophies....   [tags: Philosophy on Education Statement Teaching]

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Comparing Existentialism in Crime and Punishment and Invisible Man

- Existentialism in Crime and Punishment and Invisible Man       The works of Dostoevsky and Ellison are both obvious existential novels, but they exist on two different levels of existentialism. In Invisible Man the invisible narrator has to deal with the enemy of a chaotic and prejudice world around him. In contrast, Roskolnokov, in Crime And Punishment, is his own enemy, and struggles with his two separate identities. One which feels he is superior to ordinary men and the other which is kind, caring and sensitive to those around him....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Existentialism in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and The Hunger Artist

- Existentialism in The Metamorphosis and The Hunger Artist     Existentialism is a philosophy dealing with man's aloneness in the universe. Either there is no God or else God stands apart from man, leaving him free will to make his own choices. From this basic idea of man being alone in an uncertain and purposeless world, many related ideas have developed. One great worry of existentialist writers is that life is becoming too complicated and too impersonal. People become more and more involved with their work, which is taking them away from their friends, family, and culture....   [tags: Metamorphosis essays]

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Is The Second Sex Beauvoir's Application of Sartrean Existentialism?

- Is The Second Sex Beauvoir's Application of Sartrean Existentialism. ABSTRACT: Simone de Beauvoir's 1949 feminist masterpiece, The Second Sex, has traditionally been read as an application of Sartrean existentialism to the problem of women. Critics have claimed a Sartrean origin for Beauvoir's central theses: that under patriarchy woman is the Other, and that 'one is not born a woman, but becomes one.' An analysis of Beauvoir's recently discovered 1927 diary, written while she was a philosophy student at the Sorbonne, two years before her first meeting with Sartre, challenges this interpretation....   [tags: Beauvoir Feminist Feminism Essays]

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Exploring Existentialism and the Character Leanord in the Film, Memento

- Exploring Existentialism and the Character Leanord in the Film, Memento Although Christopher Nolan does not acknowledge any philosophical basis for Memento, the film provides a character, Leonard Shelby, who serves as an example of several aspects of existentialism. Through Leonard, Memento illustrates Soren Kierkegaard's idea of truth as subjectivity, Freidrich Nietzsche's notion that God is dead, and Jean-Paul Sartre's writings on the nature of consciousness. In Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Kierkegaard differentiates between the subject as the knower, and the world (object) as the known: the only way we know the world is through ourselves....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Notions of Selflessness in Sartrean Existentialism and Theravadin Buddhism

- Notions of Selflessness in Sartrean Existentialism and Theravadin Buddhism ABSTRACT: In this essay I examine the relationship between Sartre's phenomenological description of the "self" as expressed in his early work (especially Being and Nothingness) and elements to be found in some approaches to Buddhism. The vast enormity of this task will be obvious to anyone who is aware of the numerous schools and traditions through which the religion of Buddhism has manifested itself. In order to be brief, I have decided to select specific aspects of what is commonly called the Theravadin tradition as being representative of Buddhist philosophy....   [tags: Buddhism Sartre Essays]

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Dostoevsky 's The Double And Palahniuk 's Fight Club

- Dostoyevsky 's The Double is a russian novel discussing the protagonist’s look-alive, his double, that attempts to steal his identity. This eventually drives the protagonist, Golyadkin senior to his downfall and admitted into an mental asylum. The author, Dostoyevsky is an existentialist author from the nineteenth time period that goes in depth on how the client (yakov) is driven insane by his “double” a man that has the same features as him. Another existentialist book written is Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club....   [tags: Existentialism, Friedrich Nietzsche]

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Simone De Beauvoir 's All Men Are Mortal

- Martha Nussbaum makes an important point when she suggests that literature is useful when it comes to understanding philosophy and philosophical concepts. In particular, Simone de Beauvoir’s All Men Are Mortal is useful in the way that Nussbaum describes because the treatment of existential concepts in the book allow the reader to gain insight into the life of a committed existentialist and into the desirability of this type of life. The book does so by being more accessible to readers and reaches a wider audience since it is not written using jargon like many dense philosophic writings....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre]

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Existentialism in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

- 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. Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts (Bigelow 134)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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New Media Expands Old Philosophy

- ... Within the short story, Jane is cut off from the rest of the world, locked alone in her room, and not allowed to visit anyone except for her husband and sister-in-law. While feeling unconnected to society, Jane is supposed to clear her mind (Gilman 1-2). This leaves her to pick up interest in her room, especially in the wallpaper. As the story progresses, Jane no longer finds interest in human company, but rather in the company of the wallpaper and its imaginary women (Gilman 5). Jane felt alienated from society because they believed, at that time, that in her condition, she would be unable to fit in with the world....   [tags: existentialism, moden philosphical movements]

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Why The Hell Are We Here

- Why the Hell Are We Here Why the hell are we here. What an impossible question to answer, seeing as it is open to an extremely extensive magnitude of answers depending on who you ask. An individual’s sex, race, religion, and even their sexual orientation can issue their stance on what exactly their meaning of life is. Is it essentialism, a belief that things have a set of characteristics that make them what they are and are predetermined before your existence, or is it existentialism, a belief that there is no objective or absolute meaning to life, and that the meaning of a person’s life must be invented or chosen by said person in full awareness....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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The Philosophical Movement Of Hamlet From Shakespeare 's Tragedy

- What is mankind. Who am I. What is the meaning of life. These are multifaceted existential questions that ancient and modern philosophies have yet to adequately answer. Countless philosophers have spent their lifetimes in search of answers to these questions but died before finding a suitable answer. Certainly, the philosophy of existentialism is an interesting phenomenon. The dictionary defines existentialism as a "philosophical movement . . . centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will" ("Existentialism")....   [tags: Hamlet, Existentialism, Characters in Hamlet]

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The Clean Well Lighted Place By Ernest Hemingway

- Ernest Hemingway 's use of existentialism in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" Existentialism is a philosophical term that comes from the 19th century and at the time used to describe philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sarte 's and Simone de Beauvoir 's writing themes. It is a term of many vague definitions but does not contain synonyms. It is a unique concept, but could define as one 's reaction to human existence as a whole, and the difficulty finding/lacking a purpose in the world. Without experience and walking in one another 's shoes, no one will ever fully understand someones complications or situations in life....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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Darkest Obstacles are a Gift and not a Curse

- The irony connected with the obstacle in achieving happiness is the pursuit of happiness. Those who pursue happiness with deliberate effort find themselves having to work harder and harder over time to achieve their ends. By trying to pursue happiness, we look for obvious, insubstantial objectives to achieve the happy life. Existentialism, however, may provide both the antidote to this vicious cycle, and give direction on how to find happiness-- by filling our lives with what T.S. Eliot calls real substance....   [tags: dark situations, happiness, existentialism]

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Human Life Expectancy And The Viewpoint Of One

- Human Life Expectancy and the Viewpoint of One As an astronaut working on the international space station, I imagine that making contact with an alien spacecraft would be the single most significant and exciting moment of my life. At the same time, it would be a terrifying moment in my life, calling into question all that up to this point I have believed to be true. Knowing what I know of the current state of affairs on earth I believe one response to alien condemnation is humans will decide to beg for mercy and essentially enslave ourselves, learning what we can about this new species and actively searching for ways to coexist....   [tags: Human, Psychology, Existentialism, Humans]

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Existentialism in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

- Existential philosophy became prevalent in the twentieth century as a symbol of the destruction of culture and tradition following World War II, asserting the hopelessness of humanity and focusing on life in a more honest but pessimistic manner than other socialistic philosophies. The philosophy recognizes the fact that humankind is capable of great evil and has limitless possibilities, yet this is a curse rather than a blessing: we are condemned to be free and are thus held accountable for our actions....   [tags: Waiting For Godot Essays]

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Summary Of Cordwainer Smith 's Story ' Alpha Ralpha Boulevard '

- This essay will argue that the statement “Cordwainer Smith’s story, ‘Alpha Ralpha Boulevard’, is an existentialist text,” is incorrect because Alpha Ralpha Boulevard exhibits elements that do not correlate with existentialist philosophy. The term existentialist, according to Sartre, means existence precedes essence. This means that an individual first exists, and then they exercise free will over themselves to do things that define themselves, thus their essence. For this ideology to work for Sartre, an atheistic stance needs to be taken....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre]

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Socrates 's Influence On The Life

- Section I Question 1 Socrates describe his role in Athens being gadfly since according to him he is given to the Athens state by God. His work is to persuade, arouse, and reproach the Athenians. Since there is no other like him, he should be spared. In the light of Socrates, who claims “the unexamined life is not worth living” usually is because the greatest good of the man is their daily converse about virtue. That is why the Socrates keeps examining himself and others. Question 2 The two types of virtues are the virtue of character and the virtue of thought....   [tags: Ethics, Philosophy, Morality, Existentialism]

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The Existential Position Toward Susan Orlean 's ' Sunday Night '

- +The existential position toward Susan Orlean’s essay “Saturday Night” is one that rejects the dehumanizing state of “Saturdayness” and man being defined solely as the hedonistic Being-for-St. Elsewhere (Man as Future-State Man). Her guidelines for Saturday night directly contrast the existentialist ideals of freedom, the individual, and living in the present, and the philosopher Jean-Paul Satre surely would agree. *Even Orlean herself admits “chronological time is a sort of an anachronism these days”: the “Fun Imperative” has been replaced by the “Fear Imperative” (AIDS); and the living-for-the-future syndrome is a Satrian act of “bad faith” and must be acknowledged as such....   [tags: Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism]

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A Conceptualization And Treatment Plan

- A Conceptualization and Treatment Plan Existential Therapy (ET) will be utilized in this case study to assist M’Lynn through the counseling process to acknowledge that she is the one making the choices in her life, and deciding what course her life takes. In Existential Therapy (ET), there are numerous incarnations and techniques because the emphasis is on individuality, recognizing that each therapeutic relationship is unique (Jones & Butman, 2011)....   [tags: Existentialism, Psychotherapy, Søren Kierkegaard]

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The, Sartre, And Voltaire 's Views On The Self And The Stages Of Life

- One of the most common struggles that every person on this globe faces is figuring out who they are, finding their ‘self’. This is a stage that often occurs more than once in your lifetime and can sometimes last relatively long. It is not easy to find yourself and to create a life based around that self. Often times, the individuals that have the hardest time with discovering themselves are college students. When experiencing doubt and despair, one might look up to a guiding figure, such as a parent, professor, or mentor....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre]

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Sartre’s Existentialism in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

- Sartre’s Existentialism in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot Critics often misunderstand the quintessence of Sartre’s philosophy. Jean-Paul Sartre, in his lecture “Existentialism is Humanism,” remarks that “existence precedes essence” (2), that is, man first materializes and then searches for a purpose – an essence. Samuel Beckett, through his play Waiting for Godot, affirms Sartre’s core argument. Misinterpreting Godot, critic Edith contends that it differs fundamentally from Sartre’s philosophy; Kern acknowledges the existential elements within Godot, but argues – incorrectly – that the play is primarily about the absurdity of the human condition (Kern 47)....   [tags: Waiting for Godot Essays]

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If Death Is Really Real

- If death is really real, based upon the animistic quality of our five physical senses, then how do we know that we are truly alive and breathing, not in a dream. It has been proposed that people aware the existence of surroundings majorly rely on their five senses, which may cause illusions. The ethereal, yet grounded, theory of existentialism provides the landscape for a more positively identified pathway which reaches across the separation exists among humans. When thinking about the quote ‘existence precedes essence’, the concept lends room for credibility that Morrie was right in suggesting that the fundamental truth of human existence rests upon love....   [tags: Human, Existentialism, Meaning of life]

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A Suicide, An Execution, And Many Conscious Murders

- A suicide, an execution, and many conscious murders. The fate of existentialism seems lacking in hope and peace. This is because many existentialists believe that life is meaningless, but also that one must be responsible for his or her actions and decisions as well as accept the consequences of those actions. Macbeth in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Antigone in the play “Antigone” by Jean Anouilh, and Meursault in the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus all are characters who have taken the responsibility for their actions head on and have gone until death to deal with their own consequences....   [tags: Absurdism, Albert Camus, Existentialism]

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Sartre 's Ethics Of Ambiguity

- Simone de Beauvoir 's ethics is exceptionally complex. In The Ethics of Ambiguity, her ideas of "vagueness," "exposure," "common flexibility," "moral opportunity"-taking their takeoffs from Jean-Paul Sartre-interweave to frame unpredictable groups of argumentation. To these conceivable reasons we may include the basic origination of Beauvoir as only Sartre 's followers and the slow decay of existentialist scholars in academia. Sartre’s ethics, his Being and Nothingness, and the advancement of his thinking are tough subjects to handle....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre]

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Analysis Of Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

- No human being follows the same path in life. No person behaves the exact same way as another. As individuals, humans forge their own path, exclusive from that of another. They choose their passions, their habits, their interests, and the person they strive to embrace. Humans add purpose to their lives, whether they live a meaningless life or a meaningful one. Two authors explore existentialism and the purpose of an individual’s life in their novels. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett deals with two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, whose main purpose is to bring meaning into their lives by waiting for a character who never appears....   [tags: Existentialism, Waiting for Godot, Lucky]

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Humanistic Psychology And Existential Psychology

- Humanistic and Existential Psychology are influential of each other, both include the “meaning of our existence, the role of free will, and the uniqueness of each human” (Burger, 2015) This paper will review three articles written by influential psychologists of their time, Maslow, Rogers, and Frankl. The review of each will include a summary, how well the contents connects to the humanistic or existential psychology, and if their ideas still have a relevant application in today’s environment. The first article for review by Viktor Frankl, an existential psychologist, Logotherapy and Existentialism, was written in 1967....   [tags: Psychology, Psychotherapy, Existentialism]

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Sartre 's Philosophy Of Existence

- One of Sartre’s philosophy is the idea of “existence precedes essence”. In order to understand what this proposal means, we need to define “existence” and “essence”. In my opinion, “existence” is the presence of things, the part that identifies us as who we are, while “essence” is the nature part, the blueprint, the description that we were born. Thus, the Sartre’s philosophy of “existence precedes essence”, in my interpretation, states that we, human first exist and then determine our essence by means of choices and actions....   [tags: Existentialism, Philosophy of life, Ontology]

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Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

- Literature is one of the forms of art that has had a major impact on the development of society. It is a direct reflection of our society because it portrays great depth of humanism and existentialism. It shows us something we haven’t experienced before and the lives of other people at different places and times. We discover and gain opportunities to deepen our understanding of individual lives and the human condition as we interpret our own emotions and thoughts into the literature work. One of literature works that deals with the same concerns about human condition is Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot....   [tags: Existentialism, Waiting for Godot]

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The Eternal Life After Death

- Our lives are surrounded by culture far older than us. To human years, cultural artifacts stand eternal. When we push our impermanence from our minds, we want to find stability in the notion that there always will be a tomorrow. To cope with being a finite existence amidst infinite nihility, different schools of thought have tried to answer if humanity should either embrace death or believe in the eternal life after death. My integrative paper delved into how literature has prepared its contemporary reader for death and how it contributes to existential concerns....   [tags: Life, Soul, Existentialism, Immortality]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's ' The Merciless Treatment Of Gregor '

- 1. The series of rhetorical questions Kafka utilized emphasizes the merciless treatment Gregor receives at the firm. Kafka depicts the dehumanization Gregor experiences, as companies fail to recognize the individual since businesses only care about the efficiency of the individual. It illustrates that a company has suspicion of anyone who skips a day from work and assumes that he or she is dishonest. Kafka implies that businesses ignore its employees and places importance on profit and accomplishment....   [tags: The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, Existentialism]

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Analysis Of ' The Earthling ' By William Holden

- A culture will express its worldview typically through the arts. Artwork, music, and movies are just a few examples. For instance, in the movie, “The Earthling” (1980) starring William Holden, there are a combination of worldviews portrayed. Taking place in the Australian Outback, its perspective is primarily naturalistic, but also conveys a transcendental view of God. Ignoring any theistic worldview, the primary message of this deeply existential movie is that man is alone in the world, without any deep meaning or fundamental morality to life except what you can find for yourself....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Outback]

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Existential Rootlessness in The Foreigner: A Critical View

- Arun Joshi is quite an exceptional novelist who stands apart from the rest of the novelists, who has taken up the themes of human predicament in almost all his novels. The overall and outstanding quest in all his novels is for a concrete direction and meaning in one’s life. Joshi has been influenced by existential thinkers like Camus, Sartre and this can be observed in his novels. Existentialism is a modern philosophic movement that deals with ‘man’s’ disillusionment and despair which originated in the philosophical and literary writings of Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus....   [tags: Joshi, Sindi, novels, existentialism]

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The Theory Of Truth Determines A True Statement

- A. Justice B. Definitions a. Elenchus is a method of questioning someone to test for how genuine and consistent they are in something that was said earlier. b. Lying is an act of deliberately deceiving or telling false statements with an intention c. BS is someone who acts like they know what they’re talking about but in reality either doesn’t or does not care d. Proposition is a statement that expresses a statement that is uncertain. It could be true or false. e. Correspondence theory of truth determines a true statement by seeing how it relates and corresponds with the world f. An argument is a discussion where individuals express their diverse sentiments about a topic....   [tags: Morality, Truth, Justice, Existentialism]

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Building the Existential Man

- There are many genres in music. Today, people see the charts dominated by pop, rock, and hip-hop, but there are numerous genres that fill bottom cultures of music. For instance, jazz music is not booming like it was in the 1930s. However, the culture still fully exists. It is still being performed and experimented with by musicians. It is even arguable that jazz was a starting root to music today. Literature also holds an abundance of genres. From fantasies to lectures, news to philosophies, literature is also a constant part of human life....   [tags: dark phylosophy, Camus, existentialism]

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Jean Of Jean Paul Sartre

- Philosophy has been around for a very long time, and there are many famous philosophers that have created theories that we now use today. During the early 1900’s a very famous philosopher was born that we know as Jean Paul Sartre. He was born in 1905, a year the wars broke out. Jean was the only child as the parents of Jean Babtiste Sartre and Anne Marie Schweitzer. His father was a very well known officer in the Navy. His father died while he was still a child. He then went and grew up with his grandfather....   [tags: Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism]

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Structuralism Developed by Ferdinand de Saussure

- Structuralism was developed by Ferdinand de Saussure in the mid-twentieth century (Cuddon and Preston 923). This creation was brought on, in part, by the French existentialism period and is often combined with the semiotic theory of literary criticism; both are the source of development for other literary criticisms from the formalist schools of thought. As the name suggests, structuralism examines the structure of the work, investigating the ramifications of the organizations of literatures (McManus, 1998)....   [tags: literary theories, french existentialism]

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Sleeping Lessons By The Shins.the Shins

- The first piece of work i chose for this assignment was a song called Sleeping lessons by The Shins.The Shins are a popular band that is known for their rock sound. Each song has deeps lyrics and leaves the listener with their own interpretation of the song. Many of The Shins songs touch on existential themes. In the song, Sleeping Lessons, the lead singer, James Mercer is encouraging us the listener to take advantage of their free will. He advises to break free from absolute systems or the things that you’re a part of that define who you are....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, The Shins]

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The Ethics Of The Philosophy

- Part One: Area of Philosophy The three situations that we are looking at and examining all fall under the branch of philosophy known as “ethics”. Which is studying the ethics of the situations that were presented to us. The two philosophers who will be exploring these situations with me are Jeremy Bentham and Soren Kierkegaard. Bentham is the founder of “Utilitarianism” which is the belief that we should act to promote the greatest amount of happiness and create the least amount of suffering possible for the greatest number of people....   [tags: Utilitarianism, Ethics, Existentialism]

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What Makes A Good Life?

- All of the philosophers that we have studied this semester have had different views on why we should philosophize. However, they all have one thing in common, which is that philosophy allows humans to experience happiness. Plato answered the question “why philosophize?” by saying that it would help one to chose a good life. The myth of Er explained why philosophy is necessary. People who have died gather in a common area to choose their next lives. “‘Even for the last comer, if he chooses wisely and will live diligently, there is appointed a happy and not undesirable existence....   [tags: Philosophy, Existentialism, Plato]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Albert Camus is a skillful writer noted for showing aspects of culture and society through the depiction of his characters. In The Stranger, Camus illustrates the existentialism culture and how that comes into play in the life of the protagonist Meursault. The Stranger, as suggested by the title, is a novel revolving around the protagonist, Meursault, who is a stranger to the French-Algerian society as he challenges its values. Camus vividly portrays Meursault’s journey through the use of imagery, irony, and symbolism....   [tags: Albert Camus, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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The Philosopher And Social Law

- The Austrian philosopher and social reformer Rudolph Steiner believed that social and moral developments fell behind science and technology. He observed that society had become egotistical because they placed a primary emphasis on individual materialistic gain, therefore society had lost their sense of community. Steiner understood that individual spiritual development meant very little unless it spread through a community, which would lead to what he called “world community.” Society would ultimately “heal” themselves by transforming work from a commodity into a gift....   [tags: Sociology, Existentialism, Spirituality]

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Hamlet, the Existentialist

- Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a tragic play about murder, betrayal, revenge, madness, and moral corruption. It touches upon philosophical ideas such as existentialism and relativism. Prince Hamlet frequently questions the meaning of life and the degrading of morals as he agonizes over his father’s murder, his mother’s incestuous infidelity, and what he should or shouldn’t do about it. At first, he is just depressed; still mourning the loss of his father as his mother marries his uncle. After he learns about the treachery of his uncle and the adultery of his mother, his already negative countenance declines further....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit and Existentialis

- No Exit and Existentialis Jean-Paul Sartre's portrayal of Hell in No Exit is fueled with dramatic irony, implemented in order to amuse the reader. Sartre's illustration of Hades is very psychological, and instead of Satan agonizing you, three roommates take to the task. They each in turn irritate and aggravate one another, thus making themselves hysterical, and thus producing dramatic irony. In addition to a door that will not open, and living in a windowless room, all three characters possess no eyelids, and thus are unable to sleep....   [tags: essays papers]

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Existence Precedes Essence

- Dead rats filled the streets of Oran in the beginning of Albert Camus’ novel The Plague. The plague was rapidly spreading throughout Oran, despite the town’s effort to constrain it. Oran was soon quarantined, letting no one in and no one out. Dr. Rieux, a local physician, organizes a team of volunteers to fight the plague. The team plans to control sanitation and properly transport infected individuals to Dr. Rieux’s hospital. The character qualities of Dr. Rieux and his team of volunteers throughout the novel are consistent with Jean-Paul Sartre’s characteristics of an existentialist....   [tags: existentialism, Camus, Sartre]

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Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

- Theatre of the absurd seemed to draw light to a new genre of literature in which messages were displayed and hidden through the absurdity of action. This world is a result of the destruction of individualism and the deterioration of the human condition. It contains some existential ideas in which the characters are helpless and the explanation of the universe is far beyond their reach. Through meaningless action, they go about their lives with no purpose at all. Although Samuel Beckett himself did not identify as an existentialist, his work in Waiting for Godot contains traits of existentialism through the characters themselves, the reoccurring theme of waiting over time, and the overall, hi...   [tags: Existentialism, Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett]

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An Existential Crisis By Saul Bellow

- Saul Bellow’s novel Seize the Day has personal relevance to me, because, in some ways, the story of Tommy Wilhelm is the story of my father. They both face a world that they neither belong in nor understand. They both have violent tantrums that reveal the emotional maturity of a child. They both victimize themselves by complaining about the supposed injustices that the world has committed against them. Wilhelm and I both experience an existential crisis partly due to our fathers, although we are in two very different stages in life....   [tags: Existentialism, Philosophy of life, Life, Anxiety]

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The Myth Of Sisyphus, By Albert Camus

- Life is just a long suffer until death, anyway. Such as Sisyphus, in The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus, condemned to roll a boulder up a hill and once at the top let it roll back down just to push it back up. It is a ceaseless task that he is condemned to act out for eternity, with no reward at all, alone. The Gods thought that there was no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor. Much the same, life is for everyone, because that’s all life is. Nothing people perform has any real purpose behind it....   [tags: Existentialism, Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett]

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Nothingness Is Death

- Samuel Beckett's Endgame highlights the concept of existentialist philosophy. Existentialist philosophy underlines the isolation of the individual experience in an apathetic universe. It emphasizes on the unexplainable and purposelessness of human existence and accentuates on free of choice. In Europe during the 1960s, the rise of Theater of the absurd gave plot to existentialism. Endgame reflects almost every aspect of existentialism. Samuel Beckett offers in this play a stark, spare representation of the human condition in its emptiness....   [tags: Samuel Beckett's Endgame, existentialism]

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Condemned Freedom: Sartre

- When discussing the Vietnam War and his choice to be involved in discussing international politics Sartre said, “No matter what I write. I am always in contradiction with myself and with society. That is what being an intellectual means” (M. I. Kindred). The following essay will explain how a contradiction of himself weakens one of the philosopher’s most famous quotes. In examining Sartre’s idea of humans being “condemned to be free,” there will be logical faults. There will be contradictions with this concept from Sartre’s life....   [tags: Existentialism, Social Group]

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Analysis Of Jean Paul 's ' Hell '

- No Exit is a play that I remeber seeing in compition in High school. Once I saw the name I instanly was tranported back to watching my fellow speech class mates practicing the play for compition. What do the damn have to say to the damned. No Exit seems to answer half of that question. Jean-Paul Sartre is a 1944 existentialist play writer. He explores peoples own private hell and poses the question what happens if you are in a room with no exit in hell what then. Jean-Paul Satre’s version of Hell in No Exit is full of drama, irony and humor....   [tags: Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism, No Exit]

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Existentialism and Homosexuality in Thom Gunn's Poetry

- Thom Gunn began to love writing from an early age. He grew up in England, where homosexuality was uncommon and being gay made Gunn feel as if he were an outsider. After moving to California, Gunn found a sense of community and happiness, until the AIDS epidemic struck. Thom Gunn’s life consisted of moments of liberation mixed with moments of sadness. His experiences are reflected through his poems. Thom Gunn, a notable San Francisco resident who enjoyed drugs, cooking, gardening, and cats, did not hesitate to write down what he was thinking in his poems....   [tags: biography, poet, AIDS]

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Analysis Of ' The Monty Python Movie '

- In this paper I will present skits from the Monty Python movie, The Meaning of Life, and discuss their relevance to our Existentialism class. This films does not tell us any particular story, but it symbolically walks us through an average person’s life as they move out of their granted view of the world via two realizations, absurdity and death. Being that the movie is not a cohesive narrative but rather a series of unrelated acts which serve to question what we can say about the nature of the human condition, I will consider some of the movie’s scenes, presenting the skit at hand through the lense of existentialist thinkers....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Absurdism, Life]

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Why Is It Important For Us As Individuals And As Humans?

- This paper will argue that meaning of life is what is important to us as individuals and as humans. The importance of something might be different for all of us. We as individuals look at the world from different perspectives due to many factors that affect our everyday life. Singularity is what makes us special, there are not two identical individuals in the entire world. No matter how similar we are from each we always have something different something that makes us unique. As an example, the twins are genetically identical but they have many different experiences as they grow up....   [tags: Meaning of life, Human, Existentialism, Love]

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Human Freedom : A Complex Idea That Integrates Personal Liberty

- Human freedom is a complex idea that integrates personal liberty and character. To define human freedom we would have to go to places in time when people were oppressed. Words, actions and even thoughts, were constricted; freedom did not reign. Out of times like the world war period, circa 1930, authors like George Orwell were made. These people used their words and artistic expression to exercise their basic freedom of speech. They have given thought provoking content that has added to the great discussion of freedom....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Human]

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Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

- "What do we do?" This is a common phrase existentialists say. Samuel Beckett, author of the play Waiting for Godot, and Zach Braff, director and writer of the film Garden State, are examples of existential artists. Existential artists communicate that people need to question their relationships with outside influences. Existential artists say struggling is necessary in order to make decisions without conforming to the pressure of outside influences. Beckett uses the characters in Waiting for Godot to show the complex relationships people have others and thus, with society....   [tags: Waiting for Godot, Existentialism, Social class]

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The Fall By Albert Camus

- The Fall by Albert Camus Do we live in an imperfect world or just a world full of human flaws. In The Fall, by Noble Prize Winner Albert Camus, it gives readers a glimpse into how citizens have the desire to discover the meaning of life. Camus asserts existentialism in the book and asks the question of do you have a purpose in life. Camus expresses the philosophy of the absurd, which means that all men are guilty of something, whether it is by our actions or inactions. The crimes we fail to stop, are just as bad as committing the crimes ourselves....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Albert Camus]

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