mans search for meaning analysis

Better Essays

In Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning we are told a powerful story of a man’s survival through the Holocaust. Frankl struggles to not only keep his body alive, but his spirit as well. Frankl’s main goal is to not only come out alive from the Holocaust but to not let it change him and ultimately defeat or take over his life and change who he truly is. He knows the only way to stay alive is to find some sort of meaning in his life. As we watch him fight to survive during his stay in concentration camps we begin to realize that the only way he is surviving is because he hasn’t forgotten who he still is and the identity that the Nazi’s were trying to take from him. He keeps his personal identity, goals, and morals in mind while …show more content…

He says “Had I known then that my wife was dead I think that I would have still given myself, undisturbed by that knowledge, to the contemplation of her image, and that my mental conversation with her would have been just as vivid and just as satisfying” (39). By turning to his faith and the thought of his wife, Frankl kept in mind things that were just as important to him as his job that could help him survive. This shows us what is truly important to Frankl. In times of crisis, humans often turn to comforting thoughts and obviously Frankl’s faith and family is so important to him that in his time of physical, mental, and emotional crisis he knew he could count on the thought of his wife and his belief in God to get him through. This helps us see the kind of person that Frankl is.
During the Holocaust, many of the Nazis tried to take away the little hope left in people like Viktor Frankl. As if starving and over working the prisoners wasn’t enough, they were brutally beaten, hung in front of the other inmates and burned alive. But Frankl felt there was some sort of meaning to suffering. He says
“The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity- even under the most difficult circumstances- to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter

Get Access