Analysis Of ' The Three Metamorphoses Of The Spirit I Tell You

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In his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra Nietzsche explores what a person would need to overcome and move beyond to fully free their soul for the external influences and evolve into the overperson. To fully appreciate the sufferings and pains a person needs to overcome to achieve overperson Nietzsche writes, “Of the three metamorphoses of the spirit I tell you: how the spirit becomes a camel; and the camel, a lion; and the lion, finally, a child.” (Nietzsche, On the Three Metamorphoses, 25). This paper will examine the three distinct changes that a person must undertake, the differences of each stage and explain why the person needs each while attempting to achieve for the mantle of overperson.
The first metamorphoses’ requirements Nietzsche lists show what the camel must overcome. To understand the list completely, a person must examine each item and understand what must be overcome, Nietzsche writes: “There is much that is difficult for the spirit, the strong reverent spirit that would bear much: but the difficult and the most difficult are what its strength demands.” (Nietzsche, On the Three Metamorphoses, 25) This passage sheds light on what the camel must endure through this first metamorphoses. It shows that the spirit requires reverence and through this reverence it proves it strength. As the spirit overcomes these burdens of reverence it can move beyond these limitations that are currently being imposed on its freedoms that the person moving towards overperson requires…

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