In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl tells the very personal story of his experience as a prisoner in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. He presents this story in the form of an essay in which he shares his arguments and analysis as a doctor and psychologist as well as a former prisoner. This paper will review Frankl’s story as well as his main arguments, and will evaluate the quality of Frankl’s writing and focus on any areas of weakness within the story. Summary This section contains a summary of Man 's Search. Frankl begins his book by stating that his purpose in writing the book is not to present facts and details of the Holocaust, but to provide a personal account of the everyday life of a prisoner living in a concentration camp.
Stevenson concludes, “the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.” While reading chapters one through four, I was able to conclude that Stevenson meant, when there is no justice, most people will live in poverty, despair, and fear. Despair, Walter McMillian faced despair while he was in prison, because while he was in prison, the prisoners kept talking about how the electric chair failed to kill the last man that was on death row. Even if Walter was found innocent, he would of lived in poverty because his reputation was ruined and there was a possibility he would of been lynched by the white people who heard about what he has done. Stevenson felt the fear of death, when an officer was pointing his gun at Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson never knew what could happen and he was full of fear of the possibility of jail time or death.
His outlook on life changed rapidly whe he was imprisoned in a concentration camp during WWII by the Nazis. Frankl himself was tortured and enslaved. One day he realized that although he could not control his environment, he could decide how it would affect him. He could not choose his situation, but he could choose his response to it.Frankl realized that there is a fundamental and universal principle affecting all who share the human condition. Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose.
These dreams are the fantasies that people in prison are dreaming up, so when analyzing it on a psychological level there is some reason why they are in prison in the first place. They obviously did something wrong and so these fantasy lives are what they could have had if they had not screwed up and gotten into prison. Even in the dreams themselves the people are lonely as we can see in “The meanest Cop in the World” when Himes says, “and then she looked into Jack’s eyes and knew … that Jack was only lonely” (Himes 209). The guys loneliness is even prevalent in his fantasy dreams. Going back to the first story “On Dreams and Reality” the main character is unhappy when he gets out because of the fantasy he has in which he is a good person who was not in jail.
While Foer’s integration of multiple settings leads to structural disorder in the book, Levi’s reluctance to change the description of setting he experienced, makes the structure of the novel jump between episodic and chronological. if this is a man. Unlike some authors, Levi did not want to distance himself from his experiences in the novel and as such did not change the setting. This is why he made his novel so realistic and autobiographical. This is because Levi wanted the audience to fully understand what it feels like to be in a concentration camp and through reading the novel, experience themselves the struggles that the prisoners went through.
Their stories are about the failure of modern social existence. also the story of the effects of living in a society operating at a high level of production and consumption. In their lives, there are two kinds of the wall: the physical boundaries prison, and the psychological walls which institute in order to defend themselves from requests to change. They represent all the victims of greedy capitalism, demanding, mechanical
When one reads any book or magazine, one should always read from a Biblical standpoint. One should think through every sentence read to determine the writer’s worldview. However, in Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein, the answer may be difficult to find. Readers should ask themselves, “Was Shelley presenting the Biblical worldview through her novel or was she expressing a different view of God, mankind, and nature?” If one reads using Christian worldview glasses, the answer to this question is a clear and resounding “no,” for Shelley’s ideas are different from the Bible’s. Is it possible for man to become like God the Creator?
Isolation, caused by the individual burden of guilt, is shown through these characters as a pain worse than death. Through their subsequent storytelling to relieve pain, these characters show the importance of connection to society. Communication with a willing listener is the only thing that can reconnect one to society after mental isolation has consumed their mind, as shown through Frankenstein and the
The autobiographical memoir If This is a Man by Primo Levi, a Jewish-Italian author, intensely uses poetic and literary devices to recount his time in the concentration camp, Auschwitz; referred as the Lager in the book. The unique use of kaleidoscopic stylistic features do not take away from the historical credibility of the author and his experiences; rather, it allows readers to engage more closely within these experiences. Levi’s use of flat statements, universal truths, tense switch, variation in register, and untranslated language throughout his memoir allow the horrors of the Holocaust to become universal, revealing the unimaginable conditions to the readers. Levi had an incredibly scientific mind as he was an industrial chemist. His scientific mindset can still be witnessed throughout the memoir, more specifically through his
The author expresses his agony towards the attitude of the contemporary humanity as he constantly asserts the sublime purpose for human life. In the opening chapter of the book, Ravi refers to Albert Camus and Viktor Frankl who declared that search for meaning is life’s fundamental pursuit and later he develops on the necessity and importance of finding a meaning. As T.S.Eliot in his Wasteland talks about the pathetic situation of the West, Ravi Zacharias also points out at the western trends and America and particular in reflecting the global phenomenon. The author’s exposure to both eastern and western world provides an advantage for his arguments, he emphasizes the greater impact of art and media on the modern world as he