Existentialism : Simone De Beauvoir And Angst

994 Words Sep 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Jack Curry
Mrs. Firmender
Great Books Honors
22 September 2015
Simone de Beauvoir and Angst
Existentialism is somewhat of an open topic. For some, it is a way of life, and everything they do goes along by the rules of existentialism. Other people know what it is, yet don’t follow by it. And then there are the people who have no idea what it is. Nevertheless, existentialism is by definition “a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.” One of the most prominent people who dabbled in extistentialism would have to be Simone de Beauvoir. With the personality that she has, it is not hard to see why she went on to do what she did for society.
Simone de Beauvoir is what some would call an odd character. Born in Paris in 1908, Simone grew up to become many different things. These things varied from a well established writer, to an intellectual, to philosopher, political activist, and even a feminist. The most prominent however, would most likely be the fact that she was one of the most influential existentialist in her area during the whole of the 1900s. She tied in all of her other beliefs into her existentialist beliefs in a way. For example, one of her famous quotes is ¨One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.¨ This quote shows that she believes it is free will that guides a person in life. Beauvoir clearly understands the importance of…
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