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Existentialism is a concept that is often explored in works of literature as a way of displaying a characters interaction with society Existentialism is defined as an introspective humanism or theory of man that holds that human existence is not exhaustively describable or understandable in either scientific or idealistic terms and relies upon a phenomeno-logical approach that emphasizes the analysis of critical borderline situations in a mans life and especially of such intensely subjective phenomena as anxiety suffering and feelings of guilt in order to show the need for making decisive choices through a utilization of mans freedom in an uncertain contingent and apparently purposeless world 1 This definition however vague explains and emphasizes the idea that existentialism is merely an extreme societal interaction resulting from complete freedom in actions and choices while simultaneously being engulfed in responsibility Both novels Invisible Man and The Stranger depict characters taking existentialism to an extreme Differing however are the lives of such characters as invisible man adopts an existential way of life to realize self-worth while Meursaults natural existentialism prevents him from realizing his mistakes until his execution day The concept of existentialism can be broken down into several correlating ideas 1 Man has his own free will 2 With this free will he has the power to make decisions 3 Few of his decisions are without consequence 4 Some events in life are considered absurd without any explanation 2 Invisible Man begins with invisible man suffering from a complete lack of self-worth constantly living life to conform to the wishes of others He tries to be what people want him to be act as they would like him to act despite the warnings of his grandfather He surrenders his own free will and his ability to make his own decisions Throughout a multitude of absurd situations including those with Mr Norton and
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