In The Stranger, the crucifix appears to represent Christianity, a religion that Monsieur Meursault refuses to believe in or accept. Additionally, it represents rational beliefs that the magistrate attempts to thrust upon Meursault. He wants Meursault to accept God so that his sin will be forgiven. However, Meursault rejects the notion that his life have any significance or rational explanation. In this scene, Camus writes in a way that seems to make it appear as if the natural elements (sea, sun) have conspired against Monsieur Meursault, stabbing at his stinging eyes and slashing at his eyelashes.
Both Sophocles’ Antigone and Avid’s metamorphoses show the lust for power that both these characters have that cause to be ineffective leaders in the city of Thebes. Plato’s Symposium supports this case while showing how these characters attempt to ascend to the next level in the divine ascent in their own ways. Creon and Pentheus both contain the trait of being narrow-minded in similar ways. Creon shows the trait of being narrow-minded in several ways including the main plot of the story with Antigone. He refuses to look at both sides of the story before making a decision on whether he should bury Eteocles or not.
As an existentialist author, he uses this story to emphasize the absurdity surrounding this ideology present in his community. Specifically, the idea of the Church turning Jesus himself away in favor of their methodology is incredibly absurd, yet an astoundingly similar to the Russian worldview. Additionally, the apparent conflict between the Christian value of liberty and the preference of human happiness pose a unique juxtaposition of
Likewise, Huxley also attempts to show how society becomes inhumane without the presence of rectitude: ‘“It was base,’ he said indignantly, ‘it was ignoble’” (Golding 170). John, the uncorrupted Jesus archetype, sees the corruption that permeates his society and renders the people inhumane. In the advanced society of Brave New World, no one possesses a moral compass to guide them or help guide others. Therefore the society falls into a path towards endless sin and immorality. In summation both Lord of the Flies and Brave New World accentuate the significance of resisting temptation in order to preserve one’s innocence from corruption, even at the cost of one’s own life.
When discussing human nature, there is a never ending debate over whether man is born with sin or if he develops it over time through interacting with the environment. William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, was quoted saying, “Man is a fallen being. He is gripped by original sin. His nature is sinful, his state perilous…” (Golding). Despite the advancement of civilization and society’s attempts to suppress man’s evil side, moral wickedness proves almost impossibly unstoppable; contrary to culturally embraced and forced views of humanistic tendencies towards goodness.
George views the upcoming war in a truthful realistic manner with the understanding of the consequences that accompany enlisting. George is uncertain about the reason for war and does not see it as the honor that Editha does. He shows this by stating, “But war!, Is it glorious to break the peace of the world” (p.290). For George, joining a war in which he does not fully believe in does not bring him honor but rather uncertainty. When analyzing Howells’ “Novel-Writing and Novel- Reading”, Howell criticizes writers who produce fiction, because he believes that truth is beauty.
You threw Copernicus in jail for heresy since you can’t accept that he proved a fairly acceptable thesis to prove that you shouldn’t believe everything that was passed down form generation from generation.What if people were to believe that there 's no god since it’s been brought down from generations ago.Yes,you may have an opinion on something that may seem true to you,but you have to be able to say that you were wrong,and this will prove that your action shall not be tolerated. The Sun is in the middle of the solar system.Copernicus made the discovery of proving Aristotle wrong by proving that the Earth isn’t in the middle of the Earth.To be fair,it seems kind of atrocious but old subjects aren’t the reliable source to believe in.What if people believed that there’s no God since that was information that was passed down.That’s why the people should believe in Copernicus’s theory.
“So many times, so many lies” incorporates struggles the audience can relate to. Nonconformity is employed in “I am disconnected from a system I’ve rejected.” This clarifies the mindset of the author regarding society and the system earth has shaped into our heads. “No allegiance” and “defiant I withstand” testifies the need to get away from society. In the next stanza, “you” implies the audience, who are confined in society’s standards”, are being rejected by the author. The author idealizes nonconformity and sustains his position in “alone I stand” utilizing the standard of friends and promoting beliefs over standards.
Voltaire makes it known through his satirizing characters and irony that he is denouncing optimism as a folly of mankind and a contribution to their ultimate downfall. Throughout Candide, Voltaire most dominantly makes use of Dr. Pangloss by satirizing him. Pangloss’ speech satirizes the blind optimist. Voltaire illustrates his hatred for this optimism from the first introduction of Pangloss. Pangloss states his theory that “Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds” (pg 2).
He does this by completely revoking purpose in The Metamorphosis and question the legitimacy of the officer’s purpose in In the Penal Colony. Within both novels Kafka focuses on the characters’ vocations, their purposes and he threatens and removes the purpose of characters who choose to be defined by society to portray the distinctions between existential and essential though. Purpose is the concept that there is meaning in a person 's life, that they are alive for a reason, whether they define that reason or let others define it. Unless they satisfy that reason they are failing themselves. In existential thought, there is no concept of defined purpose, it is more so that you do as you