Sunday, August 17, 2014

Angst, Kierkegaard, Sartre and My Future Novel's Theme

"Angst means a recurrent state of disquiet or dread caused by human awareness that our  future is not predetermined (by God, society or anything else) but must be freely chosen."

- Soren Kierkegaard

Characteristics of Existentialistic Thoughts According to Jean Paul Sartre in Being and Nothingness
  • Existence precedes essence
  • What is the personal meaning in a traumatized world
  • Absurdity of life
  • Be responsible for one's own actions
  • No God
  • Defy conventions
  • Maintaining human dignity in a societal failure
  • Be concerned with lived experience, not on abstract speculation
  • Founded with human connection of life in the world and not from the subjective, detached views

Brief of my novel to explore existential thought processes

Part I
A military officer
Losing his eyesight
Suspended from service for inability
Waiting for the outcome of the trial
                                   - Psychological angst and ramblings
Dismissed from service
Returns home almost blind and shattered

Part II
Divorce (tensions in married life)

Part III
Now living with seven year old son and a servant maid
Develops a relationship with the maid
Takes son and maid on a long drive
Son dies in an accident
Survives with maid - serious injuries
                                 - Angst and ramblings

Part IV
Leaves to wander in mountains in search of  peace and himself
Meets many people in psychological encounters
New developments
Failures in relationships and realizations

Part V
Returns home
Affair with maid continues amidst dissatisfaction
Emotional dilemma/tensions with himself and the maid
Questioned by parents and friends
Owns his actions
Marries maid
Existential thoughts

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