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Existentialism in Literature

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Celine Chea

on 23 January 2013

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By Celine, Anu, Elizabeth, Dejah, And Donielle Existentialism in Literature What is Existentialism? Why literature? Common Themes in Existential Literature Great Works of Existential Literature Authors and Theme Great Works (cont.) Great Works (cont.) Existentialism is a philosophical movement that happened mostly in Europe during the 20th century . It is also thought of as literary movement with the idea that people have complete freedom to determine their own fate. Existentialists love literature for 4 reasons
Existential literature deals extensively with the theme of alienation because existentialists believe that each individual human being is fundamentally alone. Characters are forced to answer the existential question by being forced into utterly meaningless situations. Many existentialists wrote novels as well as poetry.
Several authors borrowed existential themes and adapted them such as alienation, anxiety, absurdity, and subjectivity. Interview with a Vampire Existentialism is defined as " a chiefly 20th century philosophical movement embracing diverse doctrines but centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad" Literature is concrete
Literature speaks to you at an emotional level Literature is nondogmatic Existentialism is about creation Existentialists believe that each of us lives our in concrete situations and literature gave them the opportunity to reflect the reality that all choices are made by real people in the context of their situations Literature can be used to evoke emotion without even raising the question of truth. Existentialists valued emotion and hoped to trigger the right emotions in order to get a reader to understand better in any situation Existentialists want to avoid dogmatism so literature allowed them to do so and at the same time allow them to shift the readers' emotion and perspective to an existential point of view Authors have to create in order to write so naturally existential authors liked the idea of creating a meaningful story about life and the world. Hamlet by William Shakespeare By Anne Rice Sources Existentialism for Dummies Merriam Webter Dictionary http://www.storybites.com/literary-terms/existentialism-in-literature.php
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