Overcoming the Existential Vacuum

The resolution of the problem of death and authenticity in ‘The Catcher in the Rye‘ and ‘The Outsider‘. The Catcher in the Rye is emblematic of the existential discomfort of young adulthood. Haunted by the death of his brother Allie, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, finds himself in deep existential isolation from the rest of society.Continue reading “Overcoming the Existential Vacuum”

The Comforting Brutality of Existence

Introduction & First Stimulus “To be, or not to be, that is the question:Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troublesAnd by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,No more; and by a sleep to say we endThe heart-ache and the thousandContinue reading “The Comforting Brutality of Existence”