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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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Humanity In Metamorphosis

- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka follows the bizarre and uncanny tale of Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman who awoke one morning to find himself turned into a bug. Instead of questioning his transformation, Gregor becomes accustomed to his new form, while coping with the isolation from his indifferent family members. In The Metamorphosis, Kafka raises questions by exploring the ambiguous meaning of humanity through what determines Gregor Samsa’s humanity. He does this through methods such as humanlike characterization of post-metamorphosis Gregor, the significance of communication, and highlighting the importance of usefulness....   [tags: Existentialism, The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka]

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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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Heidegger 's View Of Authenticity

- Heidegger’s Notion of Authenticity Martin Heidegger is one of the most influential and highly regarded existential philosophers of the 20th century. Born in Meβkirch, Germany on September 26th 1889, Heidegger began his plight with life and theories of existentialism. Early in his life, Heidegger was influenced by Kierkegaard, and Edmund Husserl, which taught him the ideas of hermeneutics and phenomenology. Together, their ideas helped create one of Heidegger’s main ideas, his emphasis on being an authentic human being or “Dasein,” which translates “there Being.” The authenticity or Eigentlichkeit (own-ness) Heidegger preached was that a human being should strive to be an individual,...   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Martin Heidegger]

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A Critical Analysis of Plato's and Sartre's Views on Existence

- A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF PLATO’S AND SARTRE’S VIEWS ON EXISTENCE Introduction In order to understand the meaning of existence in relation to philosophy, we need to discuss its ordinary meaning and the various levels of existence. The Chambers Concise Dictionary (1992, 362) defines ‘exist’ as having an actual being; to live; to occur; to continue to live’ and it defines existence as ‘the state of existing or being’. In other words, the Dictionary does not make a distinction between existence and living....   [tags: philosophy, existensialism]

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Sartre and the Meaning of Human Existence

- Where the Meaning of Human Existence is Located According to Sartre The word philosophy comes from Greek and literally means "love of wisdom." The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines philosophy as "a critical study of fundamental beliefs and the grounds for them." Both explanations of philosophy are correct and concrete. The meaning of human existence has no such concrete answer, but in this paper we will examine where Sartre believes it to be. Sartre's existentialism is a philosophy, which deals with man....   [tags: Sartre's Existentialism, Philosophy]

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Jean-Paul Sartre’s Play No Exit

- Jean-Paul Sartre’s Play “No Exit” Existentialism is a very confusing concept to understand. Existentialism is a school of thought, so to speak, where people believe that for every action there is a reaction. Moreover, most of the time, the reaction is a negative one. There is the basic understanding that humans have free will. They have the choice to do whatever they feel in life, which in turn makes life very stressful. Our choices obviously result in some other consequence, and as I said, the consequences, though we may not notice, are negative ones....   [tags: Existentialism Sartre No Exit Essays]

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The World At The Time Is A Failure

- Tommy Wilhelm in Seize the Day is does not achieve anything and by monetary standards in the world at the time is a failure. During the novel, he is lonely and depressed and self-deprecating. Not only is he cut off from his friends and family but also all of society. He is portrayed as a man who diminishes his own self-worth in order to try to reach not only the ideals of his father but match the falsities presented to him by Dr. Tamkin. He is too self-serving. He knows what is good for him, but he refuses to act on it because he would rather do what he wants....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Groundhog Day And The Philosopher '

- 1 / 2 In my discussion, I am going to write about one of the most impact full movie and philosopher back in their times of the 19th century. The movie was groundhog day and the philosopher was Jean-Paul Sartre . My main point will be to write about the concept of freedom that both of them having it in common. But, the meaning of freedom in the movie is different than in the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre , since they interpret it in different ways. Such as, the meaning of freedom for Sartre is when a man is condemned to be, free....   [tags: Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism, Meaning of life]

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Analysis Of ' No Exit '

- “This bronze. Yes, now’s the moment; I’m looking at this thing on the mantelpiece, and I understand that I’m in hell. I tell you, everything’s been thought out beforehand. They knew I’d stand at the fireplace stroking this thing of bronze, with all those eyes intent on me. Devouring me. What. Only two of you. I thought there were more; many more. So this is hell. I’d never have believed it. You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the “burning marl.” Old wives’ tales....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Mind, Thought]

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The Myth of Sisyphus

- The Myth Of Sisyphus      The myth of Sisyphus was a paper written by Albert Camus to show that life has no ultimate meaning. This goals of men and woman are false and in the end humans really accomplish nothing. Camus represented his idea of existentialism through the use of Sisyphus. This allows us to see a comparison of a mythical tale and the real world.      Albert Camus feeling towards existence was that humans were not supposed to be living in the world. Camus believed that there was a sense of absurdity for human existence....   [tags: Camus Existentialism Philosophy Essays]

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Sartre 's View Of Death

- The subject death brings about a pessimistic view of life. It would not be surprising that if someone extensively contemplates about death, he might feel that there is not much meaning in living in a sense that what we do during our lifetime will not matter that much since we are all destined to die anyway. However Heidegger argues otherwise. He feels that by contemplating on death, we will be able to truly live our lives authentically. In this paper, I shall expound what he means by this and compare it with Sartre’s version of how to live an authentic life....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Anxiety, Life]

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The Outsider By Albert Camus

- In his novel The Outsider, Albert Camus portrays the philosophy of the absurd through his existentialist main character, Meursault. ~theory of absurdism~ Camus develops Meursault not as a traditional hero, but rather as an absurd one to encourage the idea of being abnormal from normal society. Detached and apathetic, Meursault is unable to identify with people and his environment. His indifferent attitude towards the world results in his label of an ‘outsider’ to society. Meursault does not wish for another fate, but accepts his upcoming death and does nothing about it....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Absurdism]

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I Heart Huckabees : Existential And Philosophical Themes

- I Heart Huckabees is a film that discusses existential and philosophical themes throughout the movie. It is extremely rare for a movie to directly discuss existentialist themes in the manner that it is done in I Heart Huckabees. It is important to analyze these types of movies in order to achieve a greater understanding of the concepts they discuss. The premise of the movie is that Albert, played by Jason Schwartzman, enlists the help of two existential detectives in order to help him solve a set of coincidences involving an African refugee....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre]

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David Hume And Jean Paul Sartre

- There are many great philosophers that have emerged through time, but the following philopshers including Soren Kierkegaard, David Hume, and Jean Paul Sartre all have something in common; love. Through one way or another, their love life never seemed to reach that ultimate happiness, they all wished for. Soren Kierkegaard broke of his engagement to Regine Olsen for multiple reasons. David Hume although loved Hyppolyte de Saujon (AKA. Bouffers), he could never become anything more than her advisor till his deathbed....   [tags: Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism]

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Beckett 's Tragicomedy Waiting For Godot

- In Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy Waiting for Godot, he begs the question: what is the purpose of life. Throughout the commotion of the play, Beckett addresses the age old debate: Does someone control man’s life or does man write his own destiny. Like Roland Barthes’ ideology Beckett wrote a play that proposed a question and failed to give a definitive answer; however, he delivered potential answers. By introducing characters that take different viewpoints in this debate Beckett never reveals the answer to his question but hints at possible answers....   [tags: Waiting for Godot, Existentialism, Lucky]

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Argumentative Essay On The Meaning Of Life

- For centuries humans have pondered over what exactly the meaning of life was. Humans naturally desire to fulfill some type of existential meaning, but how does one address this desire. Philosophers Lois P. Pojman and Albert Camus analyzed the question and reached different conclusions, which leads to the problem of understanding weather or not it is possible to answer such a question. Both philosophers have claimed to have found meaning in their lives, but both philosophers view their meaning on earth differently....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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Kierkegaard : An Existential Christian

- Experience manifests that everyone is mortal, and as conscious beings, it is sensible that we ask why we are living. We desire to seek a means to the end of our existence, or rather we have a yearning to know if our being has a purpose. I believe that with human reasoning, we can infer a subjective purpose in light of an objective truth. A distinguishment must be made between objectivism and subjectivism, objectivists state that truth is only affirmed in fact where as a subjectivist’s argue that universal truth is beside the point, only belief matters....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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Existentialist Themes Of Anxiety And Absurdity

- Existentialist Themes of Anxiety and Absurdity In a world with such a vast amount of people there exists virtually every different belief, thought, and ideology. This means that for every argument and every disagreement that their exists two sides of relative equal strength. It is through these disagreements that arguments are formed. Arguments are the building blocks in which philosophers use to analyze situations and determine theories of life. For the purpose of this paper I will try and argue my personal beliefs on a specific argument....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Anxiety Essays]

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Sun Related Elements and The Existentialist Philosophy in The Outsider

- From the first few sentences of Albert Camus’ The Outsider, the protagonist, Meursault, is characterized as an amoral man. He is seemingly indifferent to the death of his own mother, despite the fact that societal principles would suggest he be deeply emotionally affected. His thoughts are instead centered upon the sun, which in return dictates his actions. In the novel, the sun is a representation of the societal weight which urges individuals to conform to norms. The presence of the sun indicates the stages of the development of Meursault’s belief in existentialism....   [tags: Absolute Freedom, Societal Pressure]

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Existentialist Views on Death

- Existentialist Views on Death What is Existentialism. Existentialism is a philosophy developed chiefly in the 20th century that attempts find meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. The central theme of existentialism is that an individual must assume all responsibilities for his or her acts of free will without any absolute knowledge of what is right or wrong. Existentialism analyzes this somewhat dismal situation mankind has been thrown into, and produces a model for how an individual should live his or her life....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]

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The Individual’s Existentialist Struggle Rooted in Fear

- The individual is naturally comprised of a conglomeration of cumbersome and distressing emotions, such as fear and distress. It is within inane circumstances that human beings are able to experience inherent fear. In moments of fear, people are able to apply existentialist thought, for it is through fear in which people decide to act. Existentialism is a philosophical theory that is governed by authenticity, which is that the existence of a person is determined through the acts of their own will (“Existentialism”)....   [tags: Power of Fear]

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An Existentialist Meaning of Life

- An Existentialist Meaning of Life Arguably one of the most pondered questions in philosophical thought has been, “What is the meaning of life?” Humans have been put on this earth with the knowledge of self awareness and the ability to manipulate the environments that they inhabit to a greater extent than any other species on the planet. Ultimately one must wonder what purpose there is to one’s own existence and define what it means for them to be. Presupposing the existence of different human beings in the external world, there would undoubtedly be varying opinions regarding the ultimate purpose of existence....   [tags: Papers]

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Calvin and Hobbes: An Existentialist View

- Calvin and Hobbes: An Existentialist View Faster and faster, the slick red wagon slaloms across the rocky terrain, carrying a blonde-headed boy and his stuffed tiger along each turn of the track. Calvin, an imaginative six year old who makes us laugh with his childish antics, and Hobbes, the philosophical stuffed tiger, both make a statement about the world they were created in. Calvin and Hobbes is essentially an existentialist comic strip. Through Calvin’s desperate and unique choices and circumstances, he untraditionally fights against a continually changing world....   [tags: Comics Calvin Hobbes Essays]

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The Existentialist Views of Hamlet

- The Existentialist Views of Hamlet        Do we matter. Will anything we do endure. These are questions from existentialism. The dictionary defines existentialism as "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" (Merriam Webster). In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet struggles with the concept that nothing from our lives last and time grinds everything away. Hamlet's major conflict was his existentialist view of the world....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]

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Existentialist Reflection in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

- - What you waiting for. -I'm waiting for Godot This little dialogue sums up this piece of Nobel prize winning author Samuel Beckett's most popular absurdist play, Waiting For Godot, which is one of the first examples of Theatre of the Absurd. It begins with two lonely tramps on a roadside who are awaiting the arrival of a figure referred to as Godot and ends with the same scene. The sheer emptiness and randomness of the plot causes the audience (or the reader) to wonder if anything is going to happen, and whether there is any meaning in anything in the play – or in life....   [tags: religion, responsibility, philosophy]

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I Am an Existentialist

- I consider myself an existentialist. There are two basic approaches to this philosophy: either one rejoices in the freedom of the idea that a higher power is not imposing rules and purpose onto our existence, or, one sinks beneath the burden of responsibility that this bequeaths. Existentialists like Sartre, who can only see the bleak and meaningless aspects of living, have missed the opportunity that this philosophy gives to structure and guide their lives based on their own inner moral principles....   [tags: Personal Narrative, essay about myself]

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Theatre of the Absurd and Samuel Beckett

- The world War II had pressed hard ‘The Absurdists’ as well as the ‘Existential philosophers’. They both got disillusioned and came to realize the emptiness of the human world. In retaliation to Ionesco’s criticism, Sartre criticized his ideas that he had put in his book ‘Rhinoceros’. According to Rosette C. Lamont, “Sartre’s criticism highlights a primary difference between the Theatre of the Absurd and Existentialism. The Theatre of the absurd shows the failure of man without recommending a solution” 10....   [tags: absurdism, existensialism, absurdists]

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`` No Exit `` By Jean Paul Sartre

- Hell is Other People What is hell. Is it fire and brimstone. Is it one’s worst fears come to life. Is it an endless nightmare. Is it an eternity of demon torturing. Is it reliving the same horrible day over and over again for forever. What is hell. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote the play “No Exit.” It is an existentialist play. Sartre uses his characters to describe the setting saying, “Yes we have lots of time in hand. All time,” (43) and “... yet we’re in hell.” (17) Garcin, a character in the one act play, thinks that hell is simply other people....   [tags: Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism, No Exit]

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The Novel Suttree Is Centered On Cornelius

- The novel Suttree is centered on Cornelius “Buddy” Suttree, a college educated man who has decided to forsake his former life and live in a houseboat on the Tennessee River outside of Knoxville, Tennessee in a fairly destitute area known as McAnally Flats in 1951. He leaves his wife and child, a son, giving up the comfortable life to live as a river rat of sorts. He seems to be searching for something, unbeknownst to him or the reader. Possibly the meaning of life, but more than likely it’s a way to deal with death that seems to follow Suttree around throughout the novel....   [tags: Meaning of life, Life, Soul, Existentialism]

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The Concept of 'Bad Faith' in the Philosophy of Sartre

- The Concept of ‘Bad Faith’ in the Philosophy of Sartre Jean-Paul Sartre was the French philosopher and a versatile thinker and writer. He is today known for two systematic and extraordinary works in the field of philosophy. Besides these two phenomenal works- ‘Being and Nothingness’ and ‘Critique of Dialectical Reason’- Sartre developed some shorter philosophical versions including; several screenplays, plays, and novels; essays on art and literary criticism; short stories; an autobiography; scores of journalistic and political writing; and original and distinctive biographies of different writers....   [tags: French philosophers, existetialism]

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My Emerging Behavioral Therapy Theory

- My emerging theory employed aspects of therapy from the humanism, existentialism, dialectical behavior, and when necessary exposure therapy. These theories have represented me as a person. As I have presented them here, they through the lens of each other, they work to form one integrative approach. As Rogerian humanism has laid the foundation for ways of being, this theory also incorporated Dr. Marsha Linehan’s structure of dialectical behavioral therapy’s and goals expressed by Yalom in existentialism with specific practices in Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy....   [tags: humanism, existetialism, dialectics, exposure]

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The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

- Some people will go far in order to get what they want, but how many individuals would be willing to die for the sake of creating their own fate. Deciding one’s meaning of life with sincerity and passion is the core of existentialism. This philosophy plays an integral part in Hemingway’s writing, as well as his personal life. Paradigms of existentialism appear often in Hemingway’s book, The Old Man and the Sea, especially when Santiago, the old man, is determined to fell the great marlin he pursues, wants to prove to Manolin how much of a strange old man he is, and contends against the brutal sharks when there is little chance of him succeeding....   [tags: Existentialist Views, Santiago]

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The Glass Menagerie: Existentialist Responsibilities Conveyed Through the Character Tom

- The story of a young Tennessee Williams is poetically portrayed through a 1945 Broadway Play, The Glass Menagerie. The main character, Tom Wingfield, lives in his family’s apartment with his mother, Amanda Wingfield, and sister, Laura Wingfield. Their father left the family, and he remains a silent character appearing as a portrait on the apartment wall. Throughout the seven scenes, the immaturity of each family member is revealed. In search of adventure, Tom has dreams of being a writer and wishes to leave his family and factory job, like his father, to join the Merchant Marines....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Importance of Themes in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

- ... Once the Old man asked for another glass of brandy the Younger waiter insists that they are closed, the Older waiter asked him why he did not let the Old man stay and have another drink. He replies by explaining yet again that he would like to go home because he is not lonely like the Old man and would like to see his wife. As the waiters are conversing we are witness to the fact that both waiters are in fact very different from eachother. The Older waiter says that he does not like to close the cafe in case someone needs it, because the cafe is much different from a bar, it is a clean well-lighted place....   [tags: despair, existentialist, nothingness]

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A Clockwork Orange Essay: Existentialist Analysis

- Existentialist Analysis of Burgess' A Clockwork Orange      Freedom and liberalism are catchwords that appear frequently in both philosophical and political rhetoric. A free man is able to choose his actions and his value system, to express his views and to develop his most authentic character. What this kind of idealistic liberalism seems to forget, however, is that liberty does not mean a better society, better life or humanistic values such as equality and justice. In his novel A Clockwork Orange (1962), Anthony Burgess portrays an ultimately free individual and shows how a society cannot cope with the freedom which it in rhetoric so eagerly seeks to promote....   [tags: Clockwork Orange Essays]

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The Foundation of Spirituality in Albert Camus' Novel, The Stranger

- The pointlessness of existence is uncovered and expounded upon with an approach such that the foundation of spirituality is disturbed in Albert Camus’ existential novel “The Stranger”. The conception that compels this novel is one Albert Camus named himself, the “absurd”. An absurd person lives simply to fulfill the obligation of existence. In addition, static tools of chance and coincidence govern all action. Camus uses Mersault, as the primary vehicle to relate this concept. Mersault, lives out a seemingly normal life of indifference until the central climax of the novel changes him....   [tags: existentialist works, absurd, shooting]

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Important Qualities That A Therapist Should Have Are Empathic And Great Listening Skills

- Being a therapist is not only sitting in a chair listening to your clients’ problems all day. It is also not “reading-minds” as many people think and it is not giving advice or solving each clients’ issue. Therapists have many qualities that define the effectiveness of their treatment and their competence in the field. The important qualities that a therapist should have are empathic and great listening skills. In addition to, the therapist must be knowledge in their skills and in the different mental disorders in order to prevent a misdiagnosis....   [tags: Existentialism, Psychotherapy]

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The Futility of Human Existence in Waiting for Godot

- We live on a planet revolving around the sun, while there are at least about one septillion other stars in this universe. What is the significance of our existence in this infinite cosmos. What is the purpose of our lives. With the explosion of scientific knowledge and the WWII bombs in the modernity epoch, the insignificance of our lives was realized; Samuel Becket staged the futility of human existence in the play Waiting for Godot. He portrayed nothingness through the use of structure, language, dialogue, and setting....   [tags: existentialism, absurdism]

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Human Relations in Camus' Novel, The Outsider, from an Existentialist View

- Human relations are very important for any human, and differ from one age to another because of the emerging of different movements across time. The human relations with God, love, society, death etc… are relations that human make to live his life. I study in this paper the human relations in The Outsider novel by Albert Camus from an existentialist view. I want to study Meursault relations who is the main character in Albert Camus’s novel The Outsider , Meursault is being executed because he kills an arab person, but the main reason is that he does not cry at his mother’ funeral and lives his life as there is nothing happened, he goes in the next day to swim and he makes love with his fr...   [tags: The Outsider, Philosophy]

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Jean Paul Sartre's Existentialist Belief, We Are Completely Free

- ... I support Sartre’s position on that idea that humans are completely free. I believe that we are responsible for our human nature and purpose by the actions we choose to take. I agree with the idea that people are first born and then they choose their existence. Everyone has to be born, but once you are born I feel that you are free to become who you choose to be. There are always options and different paths to take in life; it is just a matter of what one is chosen by you to take. I don’t believe that there is a universal human nature that is shared by all humans in the universe....   [tags: philisophy, actions, agony]

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William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Although referred to as a distinct philosophy, it seems nearly impossible to find an exact definition for the term “existentialism.” This is primarily true because existentialist thinkers, such as Friedrich Nietzchse, Søren Kierkegaard, and Fjodor Dostoyevsky, never agree on what the definition of existentialism is or its terms. However, according to a definition provided by St. Aslem College, existentialist thought can be defined as being “thrown into existence first without a predetermined nature and only later do we construct our nature or essence through our actions (Banach).” This means several things....   [tags: existencialism, character analysis]

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Film Overview: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest's R.P McMurphy

- The mentally ill, are given refugee in facilities also know as asylums. Although these facilities are meant to help these people, in 1975, they were detrimental because they restrict choice, and do not provide a meaningful life. This is depicted in the movie One flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. In the movie, the protagonist R.P McMurphy, Randle Patrick McMurphy, is a current inmate at the state penitentiary for statutory rape and other crimes. He is a rugged, scummy, lazy man, who is in his late 40. He is a great manipulator and to avoid the work set for him at the penitentiary he hatches his newest plan; McMurphy fakes mental illness....   [tags: mentally ill, existencialism]

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Psychology, Art and the Church

- Psychology suggests that in order for an individual to lead a mostly healthy life is by assisting him/her to make healthy choices which can create a whole and integrated person. The church provides a belief system for an individual by instilling faith and a good deal of moral guidelines which are respected and honored by him/her by more or less surrendering themselves to that Faith. Art consists of conveying the intimate joys and demons in ways that can possibly confuse or make sense of the world while examining his/her individuality....   [tags: existencialism, music and personality]

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Dementia: Reminiscence Therapy and Montessori Method

- This essay is a comparative research study into the effectiveness and relevance of two interventions for people with dementia; Reminiscence Therapy and Montessori Method. The two methods will be analysed for their relevance and effectiveness, as well as comparing to discover their differences and similarities, with consideration to the supporting underlying psychology. In many ways the theories of Reminiscence and Montessori are about effecting the past into the here and now, which in essence is very existential in nature....   [tags: existencialism, loss, grief]

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Existentialists in the Television Show Spongebob Squarepants

- Children across the world enjoy the television show Spongebob for its loveable characters and humor. The most prominent of these characters is Spongebob Squarepants, a personified sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, in a town called Bikini Bottom. He spends the majority of his time working as a chef at the Krusty Krab, a fast food restaurant run by a greedy crab named Mr. Krabs. Spongebob’s neighbor and co-worker, Squidward Tentacles, has a very cynical view of life, constantly complaining about Spongebob and praising the clarinet and other arts....   [tags: Spongebob Squarepants, ]

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Existentialist Perception Of The Human Condition: With Special Reference To Sartre

- Existentialist Perception Of The Human Condition: With Special Reference To Sartre ABSTRACT: Existentialism lays stress on the existence of humans; Sartre believed that human existence is the result of chance or accident. There is no meaning or purpose of our lives other than what our freedom creates, therefore, we must rely on our own resources. Sartre thought that existence manifests itself in the choice of actions, anxiety and freedom of the will. In this way the responsibility of building one's future is in one's hands, but the future is uncertain and so one has no escape from anxiety and despair....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]

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Sartre 's View Of Consciousness

- Both of these existentialists differ also when it comes to their approach to living the authentic life. Sartre has a direct approach in which he asks the individual to acknowledge death as simply another stage of life, in which one should be responsible of his own choices and not think of life as seen by others. Heidegger in the other hand, seeks to contemplate death, even if it brings anxiety, thus having to transcend the facticity that may stop us from being authentic. In other words, Sartre sees humans as the creatures that define existence, while Heidegger sees humans as merely followers of the idea of being, “Man is not the lord of beings....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Heidegger]

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Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot as an Existentialist Play

- Waiting for Godot as an Existentialist Play           The play, Waiting For Godot, is centred around two men, Estragon and Vladimir, who are waiting for a Mr. Godot, of whom they know little. Estragon admits himself that he may never recognize Mr. Godot, "Personally I wouldn't know him if I ever saw him." (p.23). Estragon also remarks, "… we hardly know him." (p.23), which illustrates to an audience that the identity of Mr. Godot is irrelevant, as little information is ever given throughout the play about this indefinable Mr....   [tags: Waiting for Godot Essays]

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The Quintessence of Humanity in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

- The Quintessence of Humanity Often in life, people take their freedoms, a gift that allows them to express their individuality, for granted. However, in the dystopian societies of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, people are reminded of just how easily their freedoms and humanity can be stripped away. Attwood and Ishiguro urge people to never lose sight of the core values that define who they are. The compelling novels chronicle the life journey of two protagonists as they fight to define their own existence and worth in life....   [tags: freedom, existentialism, individualism]

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A Brief Note On Work Related Issues On The Work Environment

- Work Related Issues In the work environment, she may have a different belief or attitude that can affect the way she gets along with supervisor as this can be a problem in the work environment. She does not show much ambition and may be makes unpredictable decisions; she tends to put her own interest first and becomes defensive when criticized. Although not showing much ambition in the work place she is a reliable worker and effortlessly accepts small roles, she does not like to take on too much responsibility....   [tags: Existentialism, Psychotherapy, Meaning of life]

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Absurdity In Albert Camus's The Myth Of Sisyphus

- In the essay, The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus makes quite interesting and meaningful claims about the characteristics that he thinks make up life. He uses the notion of absurdity to explain this, which is what he states as the meaninglessness, repetitive, and purpose-lacking qualities that compose life. In addition to this, he also discusses various ways in which an individual lives their day-to-day life in contrast with how they should change the way they do so in order to have a truly liberated lifestyle....   [tags: Absurdism, Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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Existential Therapy : A More Effective Approach

- Introduction Existential Therapy was chosen to assist Bonnie with her Issues. Existential therapy is a more effective approach because it deals with concrete issues. The theory focuses on the attitudes of individuals and important life themes. This type of therapy help individuals cope with everyday issues by understanding oneself, taking responsibility for oneself, and finding meaning in life. Existential therapy would be a great approach to address Bonnie’s depression, and anxiety symptoms, which stems from low self-esteem....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Anxiety]

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Analysis Of Grendel 's ' Grendel '

- In the novel Grendel the title character works throughout his whole life to understand his purpose and place in a world that constantly makes him feel like an outcast, yet gives him a role to fulfill through being the outcast, the Cain to man’s Abel, the antagonist to humanity. It is no surprise, then, that throughout Grendel’s journey he encounters serious questions about his and humanity 's existence, the meaning or lackthereof in life, and what will come of his perceived misery and tribulation experienced in life....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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Eclectic Approach For A Person Centered Therapist

- Eclectic approach. According to Thase (2013), “two forms of therapy may be comparably useful for treatment” (Thase, 2013, p. 955). In an eclectic manner, this therapist would draw from different theoretical approaches that could be beneficial for Linda. In order to remain neutral, this therapist would utilize person-centered approach as a non-directive approach, and a means not to impose own preferences and attitudes (McCarthy & Archer, 2013). According to Fitzgerald & Leudar (2012), “A person-centered therapist, for instance, might think of formulations as empathic responses, or as techniques used to ‘reflect back’ to the client what he or she had said” (Fitzgerald & Leudar, 2012, p....   [tags: Psychotherapy, Therapy, Existentialism]

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Existential Therapy : Finding Meaning And Purpose

- Existential Therapy: Finding Meaning and Purpose The second theoretical orientation that could be applied to Jessica’s case is Existential Therapy. Though Existential therapy is more of a philosophy for counseling and lacks specifically designed techniques, the key concepts associated with Existential therapy—the “basic dimensions of the human condition”, specifically mortality, meaning, aloneness, freedom, and anxiety (Core, 2013, p. 134)—are especially relevant to Jessica’s case. Following an Existential approach for Jessica’s therapeutic plan could provide the self-awareness and empowerment Jessica needs to make positive changes and achieve greater fulfillment in her life....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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Philosophical Insight On My Life Philosophy

- Throughout Honors Philosophical Explorations, many of the readings and class discussions have transformed the way in which I think of philosophy as a subject, but more importantly how I apply it to my own life. At the onset of this course, I recognized that one’s life philosophy is in a constant state of tension. There are two factors that seem to be at odds with one another that play integral roles in shaping one’s life philosophy. These two factors are commitment to a stance and openness to new ideas....   [tags: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre]

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Existential Therapy : A Dynamic Approach

- Introduction Existential therapy (ET) is a dynamic approach that focuses on issues and concerns that are imbedded in the individual’s existence (Yalam, 1980). ET is based on the view of “specific forces, motives and fears that interact in the individual” (Yalam, 1980). The purpose of ET is to help clients in making choices based on their belief system, accept reasonability for their actions and the outcomes, whether positive or negative, and find meaning in their life (Eliason, Samide, Williams & Lepore, 2010)....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

- Uncertainties individuals face in texts from the Cold War era present views on the purpose and value of existence, thus evoking a significant questioning of humanity. These insecurities of life are influenced by the barren atmosphere of the post bomb period. Samuel Beckett’s 1953 absurdist play Waiting for Godot emerges from the anxieties and paranoia felt during this period and expresses the meaninglessness of life. Contrastingly, Grave of the Fireflies ,Akiyuki Nosaka’s 1967 semi-autobiographical short story responds to these uncertainties by reinforcing the ideology of surviving and the importance of life that similarly emerged from a climate of Cold War anxiety....   [tags: Waiting for Godot, Existentialism]

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Relationship Between Modenris And Posmodernist Literature

- Moderns to Posmodernism Class task Analyse the relationship between modenris and posmodernist literature . Core Texts Modern –“The Muses Tradegy ‘,Edith Wharton /”A Haounted House ‘,Virginia Woolf Posmodern –“The Night Driver ‘,Ita Calvno Modernism and Postmodernism share a complex relationship ,this is apparent due to the fact Postmodernism is a reaction to Modernism so therefore there is an extensive range of key stylistic features which can be differntiat the two movmements .Modernistic literature is the expression of the modern era (1901-45)....   [tags: Modernism, Postmodernism, Existentialism]

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Psychodynamic Theory And Holistic Health Theory

- There are several counseling theories which includes; client centered theory, cognitive behavioral theory, solution focused theory, existential theory, strength based theory and holistic health theory. In this article I am going to deeply look into existential therapy covering its history, major concepts and how it is perceived by religion. According to Existential psychotherapy, inner conflict within an individual are caused by personal confrontation with person is due to that individual 's confrontation with his/her own principles....   [tags: Existentialism, Existential therapy]

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No Exit By Jean Paul Sartre

- Being in control of our own identity and figuring out who we are is a question that everyone at some point will ask himself or herself. The questions “how much are we in control of our own identities” and “how much should we control our own identities” might be impossible to completely answer, but to some people, can be interpreted in different ways. Being in control of our own identities also help us to live an exemplary and meaningful life. The readings “No Exit”, “The Absurd” and the film Lars and the Real Girl will help analyze and establish the problems of creating identity and how much do we control our identities....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Absurdism]

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The Existential Hero In The Metamorphosis

- An existential hero is one who lives through absurd experiences which causes them to be alienated. Two protagonist that portray the qualities of an existential hero are Meursault, the protagonist in The Stranger, and Gregor Samsa, the protagonist in The Metamorphosis. Throughout the novel, Meursault has a hard time connecting with his emotions. His lack of emotion lands him in trouble with the court because he is seen as a ruthless murderer. Meursault sees the world as meaningless and and believes there is no purpose to existence....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Absurdism]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- In his novel The Stranger, Albert Camus expresses the dimensions to his philosophy of the absurd. The novel illustrates the events that eventually led a man named Meursault to transcend to absurdism and accept the idea that human life has no redeeming meaning or purpose. Camus argues that the only certain thing is the inevitability of death and realizing that all humans eventually meet death, he claims that all lives are meaningless. Though Meursault isolates himself with society, it isn’t until his conversation with the chaplain that he comes toward this realization....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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Man 's Search For Meaning

- Humans look for some key equation through which they might tie all of the experiences of life and feel the satisfaction of action toward a goal, rather than the emptiness of which sometimes consumes the activities of our existence. However, humans may never find some great pure meaning beyond their mundane existences, because there is none. What there is to be found, however, is the life itself. Humans seek to find meaning so that emptiness will not pervade every thought, every deed, with the coldness of reality as seen by an unemotional eye....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- There’s no Point No matter how hard people try there is always one question that can never be answered: what is the meaning of life. For the protagonist, in Albert Camus 1942 novel The Stranger, there is no purpose of life. To Meursault nothing will matter so he lives a simple life with simple needs. His life changes when he meets Raymond and ends up killing someone on the beach. In the next part he is on trial for his murder and eventually convicted and sentenced to death. Meursault is and absurdist....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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Albert Camus ' The Guest

- Albert Camus’ The Guest revolves around the notions of moral justification and solitude with the underlying themes of absurdism and nihilism. Camus personifies absurdism through the protagonist, Daru–whether Daru makes the decision to release the prisoner to freedom or delivers the Arab prisoner into prison does not matter, since Daru allows the prisoner to choose, and the prisoner chooses to be imprisoned. There is also a sense of uncertainty of moral justification–how is one justified in one’s choice of action and on what scale is the justification based on, which is essentially the foundation of Daru’s dilemma....   [tags: Albert Camus, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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Arthur Schopenhauer And Albert Camus

- For all our lives we deal with the thought of becoming consumed by the impossible which is also known as the absurd. What creates the absurd is human confrontation with the unnerving silence of the world; that silence representing the idea of death. Since humans try to combat the absurd with meaning it is safe to claim that our lives are absurd without some form of ultimate meaning. This search for an ultimate meaning also allows us to live a meaningful life in spite of this absurdity. Philosophers such as Arthur Schopenhauer and Albert Camus strongly believe that both of these claims are undoubtedly truthful and greatly intertwined....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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Essay On Individuality And Conformity

- The price of being lonely and frightened is nothing compared to the reward of of not being controlled by anybody but yourself. The book ‘Lord of the flies’ by William Golding explores the themes of loneliness and fright and reflects on Nietzsche’s quote and individuality and conformity. ‘Yassmin’s story’ by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, explores Yassmin’s insecurities and differences. They both texts that reflect on Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote and the idea of individuality and conformity and the struggle of being an individual....   [tags: Existentialism, Conformity, Meaning of life]

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Existential Crisis In Mrs. Dalloway

- While she is buying flowers for her party, Mrs. Dalloway has an existential crisis regarding the meaning of life and the inevitability of death. She reflects on the atmosphere of the London streets and her old suitor Peter Walsh as she reads some lines from Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Mrs. Dalloway’s existential crisis demonstrates situational irony since the concept of life and death is quite deep and complex, yet she seems to live a shallow life consisting of throwing parties and picking which flowers to buy....   [tags: Mrs Dalloway, Life, Existentialism]

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The Emphasis on Existentialisim in Lispector’s Work Due to The Traditional Roles of Women

- The Emphasis on Existentialisim in Lispector’s Work Due to The Traditional Roles of Women The human mind often creates traumatized, twisted beliefs about the world after cataclysmic events have occurred. Picture 1920- the world has just been ravaged by bullets, bombs, and baleful butchers with malicious intent. The aftermath of World War II leaves the country of Ukraine encompassed in terror, anguish, and famine. Imagine being ravenous enough to consider devouring a decomposing relative, and then putting that consideration into action....   [tags: Gender Roles, Fate of Women]

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The Plague : An Influential Existentialist Novel

- Albert Camus’ The Plague is an influential existentialist novel that vividly depicts the impact of a plague have on a community. Set in the French Algerian city of Oran in the 1940s but based on the Black Plague that swept Europe in the Middle Ages, Camus draws on a large cast of character to portray and embody the historical impact that the plague on both the populace and society. Uniting the experiences of the various characters is Doctor Rieux, who play the role of a plague chronicler, and in the process demonstrates the impact of the plague on religion, social structures, and community morals....   [tags: Black Death, Bubonic plague, Middle Ages]

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