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Added by popguns on 1 Dec 2010 05:28
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Existentialism in literature

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Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Dec 3 7:58
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Dec 3 14:30
Thanks, I really got to read that.
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Dec 8 19:50
Really interesting :)
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Dec 8 19:58
existentialism is :)
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Dec 9 9:08
how bout "The Wall" and collected stories of Sarte. Also, "Endgame" the one-act play by Beckett comes to mind...though that may be considered more as absurdism.
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Dec 9 13:13
oh I forgot the Wall! Thank you :) I'm not sure about Endgame but I added it anyway.
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Dec 10 3:23
i have read the stranger and crime and punishment.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Apr 28 8:21
Oh, that's a challenging question. I wish I was still an 18-year-old existentialist...Existentialism is a very large concept, and mostly it gets mixed up with the concepts of 'philosophical' or 'ontological'. Why I think Crime and Punishment is an existential book is that because the main character, Raskolnikov, is living inside somekind of 'existential emptiness' and looking for answers for ontological qustions and finally end up in what is called 'existential crisis'. He realizes that he is alone in the world and that's one of the main points in existentialism: that were're all thrown in to the world alone. Of course Crime and Punishment was published before the time of the term 'existentialism', but we could still argue that there are signs of existentialism, although it's not the main theme in the novel.

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