Essays Tagged: "Existentialist"

Waiting....Samuel Becket's Godot

do anything, meet a few people, think about hanging themselves, and then do it all over again. The existentialist style by Godot is comparable to T.S. Eliot's works. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Pr ...

(3 pages) 98 0 4.5 Nov/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Exestentialist View on Human Condition

Two of the main principles of Existentialist Human Condition are: That man exists and then creates himself and what man chooses fo ... nd loving, society may see him as a 'good' person while it is still right for him. According to the Existentialists, a person is placed on this earth with no predisposed 'good' or 'evil' values, one m ... t to a type of Neanderthal type state. This is why many classic philosophers have problems with the Existentialist point of view, because of the 'what if' questions.

(2 pages) 54 0 4.3 Nov/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Existentialist Darwism and Neo-isolationist Rejection in Camus' "The Stranger"

n an indifferent world, a world that embraces absurdity and persecutes reason; such isthe nature of existentialist belief, that rationalization and logic are ultimately the essence ofhumanity, and tha ... , his own existence by failing to accept the risk and responsibility that thepersonal freedom of an existentialist reality entails.1 From Don Quixote (1605, trans. 1612), a satirical Spanish novel by ...

(2 pages) 76 0 4.5 Jan/1997

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

"Baal", by Bertolt Brecht incisive analysis of the play

e play was not an emotional play, but an intellectual play. It caused the viewer to think about the existentialist nature of Brecht's writing and the underlying meaning of the play. Although I have st ...

(3 pages) 47 0 4.6 Jan/1996

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

Existentialism in the early 19th Century. Speaks of writers and philosophers.

existentialism, the term is impossible to define precisely. Certain themes common to virtually all existentialist writers can, however, be identified. The term itself suggests one major theme: the st ... ournal, "I must find a truth that is true for me . . . the idea for which I can live or die." Other existentialist writers have echoed Kierkegaard's belief that one must choose one's own way without t ...

(6 pages) 465 0 4.8 Oct/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - Parallel between Gregor and Kafka's Family

o 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 ...

(4 pages) 140 0 4.6 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Albert Camus (author of The Stranger) and Existentialism .

her own unique moral vocation. Although existentialism encompasses atheism and agnosticism, general existentialist thought has had a profound influence on 20th-century theology. It has addressed such ...

(1 pages) 82 0 4.5 Mar/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Kierkegaard vs Sartre: An Existentialist Approach.

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 ... involved in this position were Soren Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre. While both can be considered existentialists, in that the quote above encompasses much of their beliefs, both of these men have s ...

(4 pages) 142 0 3.5 May/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

"Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett.

rstood to be one of the many things in life that people wait for. The play is often viewed as being existentialist in its views on life. The fact that none of the characters retain a clear mental hist ...

(5 pages) 118 1 5.0 May/2003

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

Existentialism and Absurdism. This essay is just to explain what existentialism and absurdism are.

uvoir, and in the plays and novels of Sartre; it has found its most persuasive media.Basically, the Existentialist assumes that existence precedes essence, that the significant fact is that we and thi ... vents except what the individual gives it.Obviously, we are born into a world of "meaning," but the existentialist would argue that such meaning is a social construction; that is, that culture assigns ...

(2 pages) 105 0 5.0 Nov/2003

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

Clash Of The Titans: Kierkegaard Vs. Nietzsche On Theories Of Knowledge

Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche are considered by most to be the grandfathers of existentialist thought. While they had many ideas in common, such as the errors of all previous phil ...

(12 pages) 137 0 4.5 Feb/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

John Gardner's Grendel: Existentialist Monster

se, however, is Existentialism. To understand this, one must first understand the basic concepts of Existentialist theory. There are five basic ideas on which the existential theory is founded. In the ... his perspectives and philosophies. During the chapter-long dialogue, the dragon beings to evoke the Existentialist within Grendel. At one point in the debate of theories between he and the dragon, he ...

(4 pages) 55 0 3.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

"Faith and Resignation" (Soren Kierkegaard's "Fear and Trembling")

Søren Kierkegaard earns the classification of an existentialist by rebelling against the common view of Hegel's universal moral system. Kierkegaard c ...

(3 pages) 105 1 4.5 Apr/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

From 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus To what extent is Mersault an existentialist? Does his philosophy make him an outsider to the society in which he lives?

To what extent is Mersault an existentialist? Does his philosophy make him an outsider to the society in which he lives?The author ... utsider to the society in which he lives?The author of the book 'The Outsider', Albert Camus was an existentialist. This philosophy formed the basis of his main character Mersault. As an existentialis ... t that I had to make an effort helped me through them". He was also a stranger to himself and as an existentialist he rejected any attempt to find reason and order in the universe.Being an existential ...

(3 pages) 62 0 4.4 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors

Comparative study of Existentialist European Literature

e judgment of right and wrong, and individual freedom of choice. There will be numerous accounts of existentialist writing, which will have similar thoughts with the main character. These books will u ... ates "The women kept on crying. It surprised me, because I didn't know who she was" (p.10). He uses existentialist philosophy to choose to not mourn the death of his mother. After the funeral was over ...

(6 pages) 36 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Existentialism in Camus' "The Stranger"

ted with this term it is impossible to define precisely. There are, however, basic themes common in existentialist beliefs. As is evident through the root of the word, exist, there is a stress on defi ... ompassion and refusal to behave the way society expects him to act are what essentially make him an existentialist.Several mundane yet life altering events are also taken into account by Meursault in ...

(5 pages) 105 0 4.3 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors

The Open Boat: Additional Perspective

arts. Thus Peter Buitenhuis asserts in a recent study [''The Essentials of Life: 'The Open Boat' as Existentialist Fiction,'' Modern Fiction Studies, 3, 1959, 243-250],'''The Open Boat' is not a natur ... 3, 1959, 243-250],'''The Open Boat' is not a naturalistic story,'' and he confronts the story as ''existentialist fiction,'' concentrating on Crane's ironic presentation and the story's demonstration ...

(10 pages) 99 1 4.0 Jun/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

A Comparison of "The Other" and "Double Conciousness" by PJ

Simone de Beauvoir and W.E.B. DuBois were existentialists whose ideas were reflected in their works The Second Sex and The Souls of Black Folk ... ding the cause of and the answer to the discrimination faced by women and blacks. Both, sharing the existentialist mindset, believed neither women nor blacks were born into their individual lifestyles ... of a society where all men were supposedly created equal due in large part to the writings of these existentialist thinkers.

(6 pages) 79 0 0.0 Apr/2005

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

Nietzsche : The Father of Existentialism?

OutlineThesis Statement: Nietzsche is often considered to be the first existentialist; is this simply good timing, or was Nietzsche really the first to question whether th ... he later category. To many scholars and philosophers, Nietzsche is often considered to be the first existentialist; is this simply good timing, or was Nietzsche really the first to question if there i ... ed by this paper, the reader will agree that in fact Nietzsche was the first man to call himself an existentialist.His LifeTo understand why and how Nietzsche became an existentialist, one must first ...

(7 pages) 114 0 3.5 Jan/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy


m; the themes are classified to characterize the mode of thought of those who would call themselves existentialists.The first theme is known as "existence precedes essence", which is the basic existen ... fied as "anxiety". The nature of anxiety is like the dread of being nothing. This anxiety motivates existentialists to make something of their lives instead of embracing the pointless of life.The thir ...

(1 pages) 45 0 5.0 Mar/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Anthropology