The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Question One Responsess: The book Unbearable Lightness of Being has a sexual soul that is based on chance encounters. From the first page of the book to page 157 the idea of chance encounters link various individuals and their experiences. Some of the examples of chance encounters that created profound effects in this book include the intermingling stories of Tomas, Tereza, Sabina, and Franz. The story of Tom and Tereza begin the book with a chance meeting that later leads to a life of twisted sensuality. Tom seems to be living off oh his carnal desires and continues to have mistresses even after he feels he has convinced himself that he has fallen in love with Tereza. This raises the question of whether he truly loved Tereza or in his search for answer to this question may have lost the meaning of love. The aspect that love is something that is not only a present feeling but an eternal emotion is not shown through Tomas's actions until the day he decides to return to Tereza after she leaves him to return to Czechoslovakia. Even so, he counteracts this decision by continuing his polygamous life. But even so they continue to live their lives together even though it seems to be a life of torment. This is an example of a chance that causes a profound effect on both individuals. One day changed both of these two character's lives. Tereza is constantly haunted by nightmares of Tomas's infidelity and Tomas feels weighed down by Tereza. In Thus Spoke Zarathustra Nietzsche's simple parables hold the idea of chance creating profound effects in a few ways. The interactions between different characters of the book are chance events that lead to deep discussion about the meanings of life. An example of this is the chance meeting
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2011 for the course PHL 180A taught by Professor Miller during the Fall '10 term at Miami University.

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