The Aspects of Existentialism

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Traci Pratt
Professor Jeremiah Crotser
November 23, 2014
English 1301

The Aspects of Existentialism Do we matter to the world? Are we really looking for happiness in the world? Well, existentialism plays a role in our daily routine whether we realize it or not. If you ever think in a way which life often seems pointless. For example, if you ever question what is our purpose in the world? or what are we supposed to do on earth? These are all existential questions that are asked every day. From my understanding of existentialism is making your own choices and later on having to dwell on the presumptions of that choice that you made. In such as Orwell having to dwell on the choice that he made of shooting the elephant. According to his essay, “existentialism” Sartre explains the beliefs and conditions of existentialism. The most important beliefs that Sartre had was that there is no human nature. “If existence really does precede essence, there is no explaining things away by reference to a fixed and given human nature.” (Sartre 1131.) He also believed that God does not exist. “On the other hand, if God does not exist, we find no values or commands to turn to which legitimize our conduct. (Sartre 1131.) Meaning, we are the ones to blame for our own actions and choices that we make, if God doesn’t exist were not able to put our blame on him. George Orwell is a writer that I think is an existentialist. In his essay “Shooting an
Elephant” I believe that Orwell was existentialism. His central choice that he makes was, he didn’t know if he wanted to shoot the elephant or not. Orwell stated “As I saw the elephant I knew with perfect certainty I ought not to shoot him. It is a serious matter to shoot a working

elephant looked no more dangerous than a cow. (786.) His writing…...

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