Mary Shelley, Sartre, and Virginia Woolf Essay

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In Existentialism is a Humanism Sartre explains that one can imagine to be whatever they want, and through choice they can become that person. However, this choice is not found from with in but rather is a decision based on our consciousness of our own desires as well as the opinions of others. In To the Lighthouse, Woolf argues that the unreal are our thoughts, and these thoughts are centered around finding our purpose. She relates how our thoughts and abilities bring us to different perspectives of reality. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, she provides a sort of combination between Woolf and Sartre. Through the character of the creature we see inherent notions that the monster has as well as perceptions from the outside …show more content…
He relates reality and unreality through choice. A man's own imagination, desire,and thoughts are unreal. He does not look within himself to make a choice, but rather is aware of his own aspirations as well as the people outside of himself. This is what Sartre refers to as the anguish of man. It is the consciousness of both your own desires and the consciousness of the other that will engender a choice. That choice thus creates reality. Sartre provides the example of a young man who could not decide between staying with his mother or joining the military. His mother had no husband and he was the only child left that could care for her. Sartre explains that if the young man abides by Christian principles he would stay. However at one point the young man thinks his decision should be guided by his feelings. There is a constant state of indecisiveness – anguish – in this man. Then arises the question, what if he chose to talk to an outside source? Sartre answers that because we have a constant conscious of ourselves and the other, we “already know in [our] heart, more or less, what advice he is likely to give” (32-33) This then entails that any choice the young man takes, based on his thoughts (the unreal) will be his responsibility, his reality. A similar

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