Nietzsche and Wagner Essay

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Nietzsche and Wagner

In terms of artists and their influences, the case of Nietzsche and Wagner has been the focal point of discussion between many great academic minds of the last century. The controversy surrounding the relationship has led many to postulate that the eventual break between the two men may have contributed to the untimely death of Wagner in 1882, and Nietzsche's eight-year writing spurt from 1883 - 1888.
While investigating the details of this peculiar relationship, I was struck by the historical and philosophical depth of several discoveries, the fundamental question being this: Why was Nietzsche's perception of both Wagner's music and his character upset simply because Wagner declared his return to God? I
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I have found that the two men's lives are undeniably a subject worthy of comparison; the phases of life of Nietzsche's overman that he prescribes as the camel, the lion, and the child befit the artistic and rhetorical stages of each man's respective life with an uncanny resemblance.
With regards to popular comparison's made between Nietzsche and Wagner, Nietzsche and Hitler, Hitler and Wagner, Napoleon and Hitler, Napoleon and Beethoven, I developed an unprovable, yet intriguing, theory of how these men were all connected through a reincarnation of ideas and personalities. This theory, upon further research, has manifested itself as an integral part of Karmic New Age esoteric philosophy. In short, an ongoing practice and belief in this philosophy predicts the dawning of a new era for mankind, and I believe that the men I will discuss play an integral part in the coming of this alleged era.
"The problem I thus pose is not what shall succeed mankind in the sequence of living beings (man is an end), but what type of man shall be bred, shall be willed, for being higher in value, worthier of life, more certain of a future. Even in the past this higher type has appeared often-but as a fortunate accident, as an exception, never as something willed. . . success in individual cases is constantly encountered in the most widely different places and culture: here we really do find a higher type, which is, in relation to mankind as a whole, a kind

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