I AM THE CHEESE ESSAY By Karna Upadhyay I am the Cheese is basically a narrative statement on the need for existentialism to exist in order for a group of people to truly be free. The idea of existentialism (or at least the one that I think I’ve been taught) emphasizes the need for a person to have the right to make individual choices with his/her own free will. It is this concept that leads to the nihilistic view shown throughout the book. I am the Cheese shows both the ups and the downs of an existentialistic view of the world. On the one hand, it shows what can happen to a person if all of his life’s decisions have been made for him, and the trauma it can cause. I can’t imagine finding out that my whole life had been a lie--finding out that everything about me was chosen by people who otherwise played no part in my life would be a demoralizing blow. I could easily compare Adam/Paul’s life to nothing but a mere puppet show, where all of his actions were carefully choreographed. On the other hand, I am the Cheese
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