Essay analyzing Nietzsche's "Ubermensch"

Essay by rubberbandm88High School, 10th gradeA-, February 2005

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Nietzsche's philosophical idea of "superman," or übermensch, portrays a man who has dominance over himself, not others. Often people connect the modern day picture of "superman" with Nietzsche's übermensch. This however, could not be any more incorrect. Superman represents a man clad in steel, insuperable. Übermensch focuses on the persona of a man, one who has self recognition.

Nietzsche conveys the idea of power in the sense that one acts on fearlessness. Power, he asserts means "self- harmony, self- control, and self- realization." Those that do not have "power" simply go through the motions. They live through "habit," otherwise known as "human nature." Nietzsche blames "human nature," ones shortcomings, on laziness and fear.

To imagine a world without custom and habit generates fear in the mind of a slave. A slave in the sense that the mind becomes caged by society and the "order" of things. The slave mentality promotes conformity, and overall alienation of those who become an übermensch.

A more accurate definition of übermensch would be "overman." As opposed to being a mere man, an übermensch has the ability to rise to the top, he has control of his actions.

However, it should not be interpreted that those who obtain the qualities of the übermensch create a tyrannical atmosphere. In fact, society as a whole creates a world of single thought, of insipid lives stripped of art. Slave masters come about as a result of frustration and resentment.

In conclusion, übermensch represent creators, artists, one with individual thought. Those lost in human nature represent creatures, preachers, one of the combine.