What Is The Importance Of Philosophy In Groundhog Day

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Agnieszka Jagustyn
Watching Groundhog Day by Nietzsche, you can easily observe that it is more than just a Romance Comedy. It dives deeper past the surface to confront the question of what is the purpose of life. The movie elopes an array of emotions that many people struggle to deal and acknowledge within their everyday lives. A possible theme that is used to grasp the audience is the concept of teaching them that emotional maturity is something that can be developed and molded over time through thoughtful conversations with guiding adults, appropriate role models, and soul searching. Phil Conner starts off the movie being an egotistical career driven pinhole who is disconnected from himself and outer life. Being stuck in rural Punxsutawney, where the first official Groundhog Day took place in 1886, this then leads him to have the opportunity to analyze his life and change it; before it is too late and days’ turns into years. This movie can be inferred as a display of philosophical ideologies that are disproved by Phil not finding happiness through these ideologies. As Michael P. Foley stated, Phil did not find content with liberation nor pursue of excellence
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I believe that through the movie Nietzsche was trying to communicate that you may never move forward unless you learn to love the way your life currently is. “I don’t deserve someone like you. But If I ever could, I swear I would love you for the rest of my life.” At this point in time, Phil was making steps into acceptance of his current situation. Rather than dream about a greater future, you work within your bounds to create content with what you have. Afterward, this is the point in the movie that illustrates where happiness can be established. The moment in the movie where Phil Conners finds content is when he says, “whatever happens now and for the rest of my life, I don’t care because I am happy
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