Existentialism in "To Room Nineteen" Analytical Essay by ResearchRiter

Existentialism in "To Room Nineteen"
An examination of the philosophy of existentialism in Doris Lessing's short story "To Room Nineteen".
# 124173 | 1,250 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper provides an analysis of Doris Lessing's short story "To Room Nineteen" and how the character of Susan Rawlings exhibits a number of elements or aspects associated with the philosophy of existentialism, including the authentic self, the herd mentality, the will to power, and others.

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"Existentialism is a philosophy that views human existence as an experience marked by anxiety, dread, freedom, awareness of death and the consciousness of existing. Existentialism attempts to search for the meaning of life apart from a world of socially constructed values and religious beliefs. Anxiety and dread over consciousness of mortality in an often meaningless and chaotic universe characterizes the desperation of Susan Rawlings in Doris Lessing's short story "To Room Nineteen". Discovering her marriage to be anything but the happy ever after scenario promised..."

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