The Philosophy Of Existentialism By Ernest Hemingway Essay

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The philosophy of Existentialism characterizes the human experience by being in a state of perpetual loneliness and disorientation in a meaningless universe. Therefore, the individual must find or make meaning and purpose in life. Ernest Hemingway explores this philosophy in depth with his works: A Clean Well-Lighted Place, The Capital of the World, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, The Old Man at the Bridge, and The Sun Also Rises. In addition to writing about traditional Existentialism, Hemingway examines a sect within the philosophy, Existential nihilism. Existential nihilism, like Existentialism, states that the individual is alone in a meaningless universe, but cannot make or sustain purpose and meaning in life. Often times, Hemingway’s characters have found purpose, but, for one reason or another, have lost all meaning in life and are left with nothing. Through the use of both variations of Existentialism in his work, Hemingway implies that life, intrinsically, is pointless, meaningless, and void of happiness. Therefore, it is the individual’s responsibility to find meaning in or make life meaningful. In many circumstances, however, this meaning cannot be found or gets taken away, thus leading to the decay of human experience and existence. A Clean Well-Lighted Place, by Ernest Hemingway, details the night of an old, deaf man at a Spanish cafe. With him, in the cafe, are two waiters, one old and one younger, who both offer…

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