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Man does not know freedom From the moment man is born through the moment he dies man abides by the laws laid down by society Freedom is a notion a term used by idealistic teens a term used to describe a political state often equated with democracy a term used by men and women to break off a relationship While man may seek freedom he will not find it The Immoralist by Andre Gide is the chronicle of one mans desperate search for freedom It is the story of his wild attempt to disregard the laws of society the laws of morality the story of an amoralist His quest for freedom incessantly invokes the search for the authentic in man for sincerity and the conflict between unconscious life and conscious life The hero or rather anti-hero of this novel is Michel a man whose brush with death gave him a ravenous hunger for life This greedy lust for living made Michel seek out strength in man it gave him a devouring desire for health which he often saw in little boys However simply seeing health around him being healthy himself did not satisfy Michel He was driven by a need to find the authentic in man the sincere self that innermost hidden self in all men Michel though always striving for authenticity failed Sincerity in man is linked to mans knowledge of himself Michel did not know himself During his physical recovery he failed to consider his mental self he failed to probe his subconscious basically he failed to think he merely felt This focus on the physical essentially pushed him outside of the realm of morality By not questioning not differentiating the good from the bad everything became equal As long one is affirming ones life immorality is of no concern To walk down a flowering pathway or to stay out drinking and sleeping around are basically the same To kill to kill without
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