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A suicide is committed when a person believes there is nothing more for them. They believe that the past is much greater than the future could ever be. Sometimes, it's a way of having complete control over their lives. A suicide note is written for a couple of reasons. They are written to let loved ones know that they were cared for. They are written to give the reasons of the decision. Finally, they are written to be heard. Stefan Zweig had committed suicide. It is not sure why, but one can speculate. He had seen, literally, the best of times and the worst of times. He had experienced the "world of security" and the take over by the Nazi party in Germany. Through his book, "The World of Yesterday," Zweig describes the downfall of Europe in his eyes.
"But during those years I lived in England only spatially and not with my whole soul. It was just my worry about Europe, that worry which pressed painfully upon our nerves for all those years..."
Zweig had shown through his writing that he had now had little hope in the future.
"It may be that I had been too greatly pampered. Perhaps, too, my sensibility had gradually become unstrung through all the harsh reverses of the past years."
The tone of the book starts to take a more depressing outlook after the mentioning of World War II. Zweig describes the break up of Europe into smaller pieces and his dismay with this result.
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