Groundhog Day Egoistic Hedonism

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Living the same day repeatedly, may seem great in some parts of reality. However, what If that day you live over again was a bad day? Would you still want to live it more than once, or would it get old after a while? Friedrich Nietzsche, uses the idea of the eternal return of our way of life so that we can reflect on whether we are living the good life. In this good life, we can turn to philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle to see that living this good life, comes through virtuous living. Although, this happiness that they say comes from virtuous living, is covered up by egoistic hedonism. Someone with egoistic hedonism cannot reach virtuous living because they are self-centered. The films Groundhog Day and Before I Fall, pursue the ideas…show more content…
“According to Aristotle, friendships based on utility and pleasure are inferior types of friendship.” (285). This reflects on his thinking that we must have true friends that gain pleasure from doing virtuous things for and with one another. This film goes to show how these ideas from Aristotle, Plato, and Groundhog Day, help to bring to life that happiness can only be accomplished in oneself when they forget about themselves. Groundhog Day uses the eternal return to help Phil Conner’s to relive his day, so that he can hopefully get a change of heart for his moral character and how he treats others around him. From the beginning of this film, we see that Phil doesn’t realize how small his own life and his outlooks are. Due to his lack of understanding on his own life, he is put in the position of living the day over again many times until he knows how much he can grow and make his life expand. The audience also sees his egoistic hedonism when he takes for granted that he is the only one that is aware of the day repeating. Of course, by knowing that he is only focused on wanting what’s pleasurable for him, he tries to do as many pleasurable experiences within the ever-present Groundhog Day. However, Phil notices that this repetition of events he lives, is not all fun and games after a while. He soon grows bored and tired with the life of pleasure he has, and tries to end his life because of

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