Existentialism Essays

True Freedom

Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre shared more than a similarity in their conceptualization of the absurdities in this life. These two great writers offered much in terms of their review of each other’s works with a passion that was uncommon. They also both enjoyed similar passions in life that ranged from writing, reading and the theatre. They have uniquely and aptly tackled the issue of freedom and how it is elusive in a world full of absurdities. To them, true…

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_the Metamorphosis_ by Franz Kafka

Throughout the novel, The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, the author, demonstrates the parallel between his relationship with his family, and Gregor Samsa’s relationship with his family, in addition to how Gregor came to chose to become the insect he was physically, after having already been one psychologically. Following the existentialist theory, Gregor allowed himself to become an insect, as he chose how he would let his family affect him. Ultimately, it was he that made the choice to become accustomed to…

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Research Paper the Maltese Falcon_ Existentialism

Dashiell Hammett, father of the American hard-boiled genre, is widely known for producing a suffocating world of realism in his works (“Hard-boiled fiction”). According to Paul Abraham’s “On re-reading The Maltese Falcon,” the realistic atmosphere of Hammett’s third novel is reactionary to the post-war turmoil in which the work was born (97). This provides the ideal foundation for subtle philosophical concepts of existentialism such as, quests for truth, self identification, and the significance of existence to build throughout the novel….

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Metamorphosis and Existentialism

Existentialism is defined as a modern philosophical movement stressing the importance of one’s experience and accountability. Its focus is the make on the personal reflections that these make on the individual, who is seen as a free agent in a deterministic and seemingly meaningless universe. Its philosophy is meticulous that, in a nutshell, advocates a diverse arsenal of responses and solutions to the ‘existentialist attitude’; which, essentially, is what an individual feels when confronted by the absurdity of life. Throughout…

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Dreadful Freedom an Essay Depicting Andy Dufresne as an Existential Hero

To be a true existential hero means many things. The majority of a persons actions must be in accordance with the strictly defined beliefs of an existentialist. An existential hero is very conscious of the worth and impact of his choices. He is responsible, lonely, independent, self-reliant and free. Andy Dufresne the protagonist in The Shawshank Redemption written by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont exhibits these essential existential qualities. The movie has several existential themes within it, made…

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Sartrean Existentialism in the Road

Michael Ross Jeff Bell 1,365 words 21st Century Lit. Sartrean Existentialism In The Road McCarthy tells the story of a nameless father and son struggling to survive in the aftermath of an apocalyptic happening. Religious elements are deeply interwoven with the text and form much of its basic thematic construction. McCarthy writes with a particular focus on existential themes; paying particular attention to the existentialist views of Sartre, Kierkagaard, and Camus and integrating them deeply into his own text. It…

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National Film Registry and Existentialism Reflection Patch

Existentialism Reflection Patch Adams is a movie about a man that is determined to be a doctor. Along the way, he comes across some issues when he won’t conform to the rest of the medical students. He is actually a good example of an existentialist. He is his own person within a larger society, or the other students at the school. He follows what he believes in and his life turns out almost just the way he wanted it to….

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Kierkegaard Vs Sartre_ an Existentialist Approach

“Is live worth living? That depends on the liver,” is quite an anonymous, but knowledgeable, quote. Though this may seem a more modern way of viewing life itself, this quote actually resembles that of a much older perspective: that of an existentialist. Existentialism, is, essentially, the philosophy that life is meaningless, unless one defines that life. Two philosophers actively involved in this position were Soren Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre. While both can be considered existentialists, in that the quote above…

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Existentialism_ Dashiell Hammett’s the Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett, father of the American hard-boiled genre, is widely known for producing a suffocating world of realism in his works (“Hard-boiled fiction”). According to Paul Abraham’s “On re-reading The Maltese Falcon,” the realistic atmosphere of Hammett’s third novel is reactionary to the post-war turmoil in which the work was born (97). This provides the ideal foundation for subtle philosophical concepts of existentialism such as, quests for truth, self identification, and the significance of existence to build throughout the novel….

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The Use of Existentialism in Albert Camus Book _the Stranger_

The novel, “The Stranger” written by Albert Camus is at once a portrayal of both the discovery and the consequences of life’s choices.  In the first case, the discovery, Camus portrays the protagonist as a man vacant of meaning.  Monsieur Meursault works and lives alone. He is notified that his mother, who lives in a rest-home, has died. Meursault appears devoid of an emotional response. He attends the funeral and follows the socially accepted procedure but fails to employ any…

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19th Century Theories in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

19th Century Theories in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment “I teach you the Superman. Man is something that has to be surpassed. What have you done to surpass him? ” These words said by Friedrich Nietzsche encompass the theories present in Dostoevsky’s nineteenth century novel, Crime and Punishment. Fyodor Dostoevsky, living a life of suffering himself, created the character of Raskolnikov with the preconceptions of his own sorrowful and struggling life. Throughout his exile in Siberia from 1849-1859, his sentiments of…

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The Metamorphosis_ a Distortion of Reality

“The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka uses the distortions of Gregor Samsa’s current state as a vermin, his invaded space, and the abstract use of time to convey the antagonist’s alienation, isolation, and conformity causing his inaction as the existential hero. Gregor’s transformation absurdly exaggerates his shape, voice, and senses to exemplify how his physical mutation into a vermin and inarticulate struggles represent his alienation from society. “When Gregor Samsa woke up, […] he found himself changed in his bed into…

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Sartre Was an Exponent of Atheistic Existentialism

Sartre was an exponent of atheistic existentialism. He believed that “Existence is prior to essence. Man is nothing at birth and throughout his life he is no more than the sum of his past commitments. To believe in anything outside his own will is to be guilty of ‘bad Faith. ‘ Existentialist despair and anguish is the acknowledgement that man is condemned to freedom. There is no God, so man must rely upon his own fallible will and moral insight….

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Waiting for Godot Theme

Existentialists define “man of bad faith” as someone futile, waiting for life to pass them by. In Samuel Beckets play Waiting for Godot, Estragon and Vladimir demonstrate existentialist view “man of bad faith” by failing at life, expressing their uselessness through doing nothing. Waiting for Godot presents relatively similar views on life; Estragon for example wants to leave and live his life but cannot because he and Vladimir must wait for Godot. Vladimir on the other hand, has every intention…

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The Meaning of Life

According to Saint Exupery in The Halo (2006), “Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something moulded.” The meaning of life has a no specific definition; it depends on how each individual give meaning to their lives. It is a natural thing for an individual to curiously know about their life since their birth till death. Moreover, human beings are also curious to find out why they…

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