Honors 11: Intro to Existentialism

Welcome back! I hope you had a nice snow day yesterday, or should I say, cold day.

Today, we began the intro to our first unit this semester concerning the main text, No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre and a secondary text called Rhinocerus by Eugene Ionesco. It will be all about existentialism this unit. Another -ism, sigh. 🙂 Be ready for some brain pain.

Here’s the intro power point if you were absent  today along with an additional handout concerning key players, key terms and major concerns the existentialists have with life and the human condition. Please read through both carefully.

For homework, you need to read through Gordon E. Bigelow’s piece titled “A Primer of Existentialism”. Annotate and on the back, jot down 7 QTIs (questions, thoughts or insights), and email me your best one. We will discuss tomorrow. This site breaks the short essay down to its basics.

Also, we will not have time to read “The Wall,”  a short story by Sartre, but here it is should you like to extend yourself and your mind.

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About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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3 Responses to Honors 11: Intro to Existentialism

  1. Ashley Strand says:

    In this article it discusses man’s estrangement from nature and from man’s own true self, and it says that society has moved away from a simple “health-giving” life and is moving towards a technological industrial society which is destroying our individuality. This is quite similar to transcendentalist views because both believe in being more connected with your self and with nature rather than being estranged from it and losing sight of who you are.

  2. Dina Razo says:

    In this article the author explains existence before essence and he explains how people are unique and we are our own person. We have different thoughts, opinions, values and etc. People “Live”(have existence) and we go through different situations and experiences throughout our life that shape our lives. Also that our choices make us who we are and that makes us unique from others.

  3. Jaylin Herskovitz says:

    Existentialism and Transcendentalism both value action but they do so in different ways. Existentialists believe that action makes someone who they are but they value reason and thought as well. Transcendentalists value doing something over saying you are going to do something, and they are more about impulsiveness and instinct and less about reason.

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