Existentialism In A Clean Well-Lighted And Under The Rader

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Existentialism is a philosophical theory developed in 18th Century by Friedrich Nietzsche and Soren Kierkegaard. The theory has been advanced by scholars such as Paul Satre, the theory asserts that there is no systematic or standard principles that define and give life a meaning; therefore, people can live life freely, and each individual determines own meaning of life. Ernest Hemingway and Richard Ford, both, excellent artists of short stories ‘A Clean Well- Lighted’ and ‘Under the Rader’ respectively, give a true illustration of existentialism and some specks of existentialism nihilism. Imagery of characters, scenes and events in the stories, give virtual life to the stories. Comparison of times and characters in the stories help us in understanding the existentialism theory. The paragraphs in this essay discuss use of fictional characters to bring traits of existentialism and use of imagery to demonstrate the philosophical theory of existentialism. ‘Under the…show more content…
The author has used the story to demonstrate further the philosophy of existentialism and added aspects of existentialism nihilism. The setup is a small Café’ with two waiters, a young and middle aged waiters and a regular old man customer. The traits of the characters demonstrate varied view and understanding of life. The old man drinks every night and sometimes forgets to pay the waiters when he gets drunk. This story brings out various existentialism traits including the one that states that humankind is alone in the universe, and God does not exist. The old man’s life is a bother, he attempts to commit suicide, but her niece cut him down. Through the character traits of the old man, existentialism nihilism is demonstrated, the old man is in despair, lives a lonely life, he does no longer believe in good that life offers. Life has no meaning to him; there is not existence of God to lift his despair
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