Analysis Of Viktor E. Frankl's The Glory Beyond The Suffering

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Chidinma Uka Agwu Professor Priscilla Hansen ENG WR 300 4 February 2015 The Glory beyond the Suffering In the first part of this autobiographical book Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl, the author describes the day-to-day brutality and humiliation in the Nazi concentration camps that robbed many prisoners of their self-worth and humanity. He talks about his own strive to retain a sense of meaning even in the face of such unpleasant situation. Frankl did so basically by concentrating on his wife and on his work which with great hope, to resume after he left the concentration camp. Frankl’s message in this book is primarily one of hope, as he seeks to encourage us to find meaning in life and suffering even in the most miserable, absurd and dehumanizing situation. “Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it” (Qtd in Frankl 74). In this portion of the narrative, in the adverse condition of extreme cold condition and sore feet, Frankl is limping with his fellow prisoners from camp to their work site. The thoughts of what to eat that night, how well to trade his last cigarette and a better means to gain favor in the eyes of the Capo so he could secure a job instead of having to do the daily match engulfed him. These numerous problems irritated him and he got tired of thinking about them. He knew these problems seemed endless at that particular time and the only way to cope with it

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