Analysis of Soren Kierkegaard’s Novel: Fear and Trembling

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The main focus in one of Soren Kierkegaard’s best works, Fear and Trembling, is about the “teleological suspension of the ethical”, which is where a higher law is the main priority, thus suspending the moral law. The book is written under a pseudonym, Johannes de Silentio, who talks about the biblical story of Abraham's compliant reaction to God's command to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Primarily on the foundation of this story, Abraham has become renowned within the Judeo-Christian religion as the "father of faith". Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son provides Kierkegaard with a chance to introduce challenging questions regarding the nature and value of Christianity. In this paper, we will focus on an interpretation of Fear and Trembling in which Kierkegaard challenges the Christians of his era, as well as emphasizes the difficulty of religious faith. In Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard stresses that Abraham's choice is morally objectionable and incoherent. Kierkegaard does not endorse a specific conviction about Abraham, but rather provides his audience with a predicament: either Abraham is nothing short of a murderer, thus stripping any grounds for admiration of him; or moral obligations do not constitute the highest claim on the human being (134). Fear and Trembling provide a solution to this dilemma, and perhaps for a spiritual person there is no completely satisfying answer. The predicament is not exclusive to Abraham's scenario. Kierkegaard’s target audience

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