Text Analysis Journal - Man 's Search For Meaning Essay

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Text Analysis Journal - Man 's Search for Meaning

Purpose:

The primary purpose of writing this book is for the author to give an intro into the study of logotherapy and back it up with his experiences in a concentration camp. Frankl, the author, was the creator of logotherapy, and wrote the book as a brief intro into his creation: "To convey to the reader within a short space all the material which required twenty volumes in German is an almost hopeless task," (Frankl 97).

Claim:

Throughout the book the author notes that "He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How." It is the center of logotherapy and he is trying to prove this point with his stories in concentration camps. Frankl says that there are three ways to have meaning: "The first is by creating a work or by doing a deed. The second is by experiencing something or encountering someone; in other words meaning can be found not only in work but also in love... the third avenue to meaning in life: even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and be so doing change himself," (Frankl 146).

Context:

The book was written after Frankl 's time in concentration camps in 1945. He wrote it in a very short amount of time: "And I did so within nine successive days and with the firm determination that the book should be published anonymously," (Frankl XIV). He wrote it with the intent of using his experience to…

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