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Final Paper: Nietzschean Notion Of Self-Definition

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Nietzsche: Final Paper Thomas Mann’s use of narrative emphasizes the Nietzschean notion of self-definition. In the narration of Aschenbach’s obsession with Tadzio, we see a subjective interpretation of events reminiscent of the Nietzschean idea of the perspectival character of existence. In his attitude towards the sickness in the city, and later, in his disposition immediately prior to his death, we see the affirmation of his own perspective and destiny advocated in Nietzsche’s idea of the eternal recurrence. Cosmologically, the eternal recurrence suggests that every detail of our lives will recur in exactly the same way ad infinitum. However, I am less concerned with the cosmology of the eternal recurrence and more concerned with the philosophy Nietzsche derives from it. Because we are fated to perpetually relive our lives, Nietzsche says we must reinterpret all events in our life as emanating from the self. Seen in this way, even our greatest errors are understood as an expression of self, an act of self-definition; and can thereby be positively interpreted. Nietzsche discusses the eternal recurrence, and its harrowing implication, in Gay Science: What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never…show more content…
He sacrifices his writing and his position to stalk a young boy in a city where he ultimately dies. However, to fully grasp the weight of Aschenbach’s situation, we must first understand his life prior to the events in the novel. Early in the book, the narrator tells us about
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